Hello Loudonville-Perrysville Schools,
I would first like to thank everyone who attended the Community Dialogue Event on March 7, 2018 and for your patience as I work to keep everyone informed and every suggestion heard. I know it was short notice but the participation surrounding the event has been very inspiring and appreciated. Second, I want to thank the staff and community members who volunteered to help the night of the meeting. I also want to thank the “recorders” and the “speakers” in each group. You all took a leadership role which guided the conversation in a very productive manner.
Lastly, I want to provide additional information as follow-up to the March 7, 2018 event. The topics discussed can be categorized into four topics: Buildings, Security, Buses, and Programs. There are common themes in each of these categories. Some of the more common suggestions were: metal detectors, school resource officers, more staff on buses, frequent/real-life-like drills, security cameras, fence/wall for the high school walkways, another building at the high school for the junior high students, security software for visitors, addressing mental health issues, and taking potential threats more seriously. You will find a summary of all the comments attached here.
The time since the March 7 meeting, the district administration has met to debrief and discuss options. There are a few ideas that we can implement almost immediately. One idea, as an example, is for everyone on campus to wear their school ID badge. There are a couple of other ideas that administration are currently exploring as well.
Our next steps are as follows:
- Explore options for additional safeguards in classrooms and buildings,
- Research safety grants and clear backpacks,
- Research security options including additional cameras and monitors,
- Investigate implementing school resource officers, and
- Investigate how to address mental health issues.
Once we have more information on these items, we will be conducting another community dialogue event to rollout our information.
Thank you all again for your support as we strive to “raise the bar” at Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village School District.
“The way to eat an elephant—is one bite at a time.” --Unknown