Hibbing Schools Speeding Up Security Improvement Plan

Created: May 15, 2018 09:55 AM

After the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, some schools are making changes to their school security.  Hibbing Public Schools already had a plan in place to make changes, but due to what happened, the changes became urgent. 

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"You could say, 'Oh we were going to do the Lincoln Elementary School two years from now, but if something happened, that's not acceptable," Superintendent of Hibbing Public Schools, Brad Johnson, said.  "Our staff and students are our number one priority."

They decided to be proactive when it comes to their students safety.

"We've been working for several years on a longer range plan to secure the entrances to our buildings over a phase in period," Johnson said.

What was supposed to take place over the next couple of years, will now be completed over this summer.

"They were trying to fit all these projects that were slated one each year, into two years, but in light of all the events that have happened lately, they made the commitment and said do it now, get it done," Johnson said. 

The changes will be made at two elementary buildings, and their Athletic Department and Community Education at the high school.  The improvements will be streamlining the entrance so visitors only use one door and have to go through an office. 

The improvements cost a little over 1.5 million dollars, but the Hibbing school district has a fund balance they're able to use.

For the high school resource officer, district administrators deciding to take action, make his job easier.

"They're all very receptive and it's something that's very important to them, that being the safety of the students," Officer James Townley, the school resource officer, said. 

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