Mr. Goetz outlined new procedures being employed for better security in the high school, including re-stationing school monitors at key access points and an emphasis on a sealed campus with single entry points.
Both measures were challenges for the high school, as the size and design of the school poses difficulty and the number of monitors has decreased over the years because of budget cuts, he said.
As a building that has evolved out of multiple separate buildings joined over time, the high school has an abundance of doors, courtyards and accessways that require students to travel in and out of the building as they move through their day, he said.
“Is it 100% [secure]? No it’s not. I’ll be the first one to admit that to you,” he said. “The reality of it is you can never 100% guarantee the security and safety of a large sprawling campus, so you do the best you can.”
Some inexpensive improvements have been requested, such as two-way radios, and Mr. Goetz touted the new school resource officer slated to begin Feb. 20 as a significant safety measure for the district and an even greater resource and support for students for legal advice and guidance.