School shooting prompts change

240px-Heiwa_elementary_school_18The shooting incident at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school has prompted one security change in the Milaca School District, as well as leading to the scheduling of twice-monthly meetings among school personnel.

Superintendent Jerry Hansen told Milaca School Board members at their Dec. 18 meeting that a change has been made in how visitors are received.

When someone enters the building they will report to the office and a call will be made to that person’s destination to make those people aware that someone is expected.

That change was made after a meeting that included Hansen, principals, police officers, counselors and the district psychologist.

“We’re also looking at ways to change the doors but that’s something that can’t be done overnight,” Hansen said in an interview last week.

There are greeters at the door at this time and Hansen said if someone is interested in volunteering to be a greeter, it would be welcomed.

Something else that came out of the meeting is that meetings will be scheduled twice a month at which there will be discussions about students who are having a difficult time with school, Hansen said.

The goal will be to “help them become more comfortable with school,” he said.

Hansen noted that the Connecticut incident was unusual in that the shooter was someone outside of the school. Other such school incidents have had students involved.

For the full story, see the Thursday, Jan. 3 print edition of the Times.