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Safety measures get School Board’s approval

The Clinton School Board directed its security officer Monday night to proceed with recommendations aimed at making the campus more secure.

At the meeting, School Resource Officer Steve Bradley offered several recommendations.

Included in those recommendations was a renewed effort to check identifications and issue badges or stickers to all visitors to any of the school. Those badges or stickers would have to be returned to the office before the visitor left.

“If something comes up, we need to know who is on this campus,” Bradley told the board.

Recommendations also include:

• Having parents who want to deliver lunch to their child take the food and drink to the office and summon the student to pick it up there.

• Keep classroom doors locked. Bradley said he had consulted with the Clinton fire chief who said as long as there is a clearly marked emergency exit on a window, the doors can be locked.

• Have a small first aid kit in each classroom and a large one in each office, and have in-service training for teachers.

Board member Keith Coward asked about doing background searches and then allowing some personnel to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Bradley did not recommend that option. “Just because you give a guy a gun doesn’t mean he’s trained,” the officer noted.

In other business, Superintendent James McGaha informed the board that he did not wish to rent a house owned by the district. The rent-free three bedroom house was part of his contract, but he chose not to live in it and it was being occupied by a relative. At the December meeting, the board decided to set a price for rent on the house and let McGaha decide whether to let his relative continue to occupy it.

Board member Darla McJunkins researched rent prices on comparable houses and said the average seemed to be $650. Since McGaha chose not to keep the house, the board didn’t set rent on it. Maintenance director Ken Johnson said the house needed paint and a few small repairs, which he estimated would cost $500-$1,000 total, but said it was in good condition overall.

McGaha, who has turned in his resignation effective at the end of June, asked for an addendum to his contract reflecting that he will no longer use the house as of Jan. 31.

The School Board balked at approving $285,000 for wiring, furnishings and other expenses for the addition to the Junior High, which should be finished by mid-February. McJunkins said she wanted to look more closely at the prices before voting, and other members agreed. They will likely hold a special meeting soon to vote on the spending so that construction work will not be delayed.

Also at the meeting, the board rejected a change in sick leave policy requested by the licensed personnel policy committee. The board said it would look at making some changes when it reviews salary schedules later this year.

After the personnel policy committees spoke, the board went into executive session for the stated purpose of “employment.” After two hours and 15 minutes, it returned and announced only that “no action was taken.” The board is currently searching for a superintendent for the 2013-14 school year.

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