Shenandoah County School Board To Discuss Safety Issues

Posted: February 4, 2013

SHENANDOAH COUNTY - Security changes could be in the works for Shenandoah County Public Schools. The School Board will meet Tuesday for a special meeting to discuss school safety.


The purpose of the meeting, according to school officials, is to discuss which upgrades to request funding for come budget time.


Suggestions were brought forth by parents and community members at three school safety forums held by school administration in January.


At one forum, held Jan. 17 at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg, many parents spoke out in favor of allowing school staff to carry weapons.


Superintendent B. Keith Rowland said he does not support that option, but offered others to bolster security at county schools.


In a presentation, Rowland spoke of reconfiguring school entrances, installing devices that would allow teachers to lock doors quickly from the inside and adding more school resource officers.


“What you have to decide tonight is what you want to support, what you want me to present to the School Board,” he told the audience that day.


After the School Board narrows down the options, it will present them at a joint meeting with the Board of Supervisors, scheduled for Feb. 15.


The meeting on Tuesday is open to the public. It will be held in the Central High School gymnasium in Woodstock at 6 p.m.


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