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December 14, 2012

Local administrators saddened by Newtown tragedy


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“Most of our protection and lockdown and evaluation procedures are well-known and practiced,” said Randolph. “Of course, everything in our world is fast-paced, technology is fast-paced, and we have to strive constantly to make sure we’re communicating to parents.”
Randolph praised a “good relationship” with local police and firefighters as a key part of the system — “We’re fortunate to have great leaders in that area here in Pulaski,” he said.
Walker said that Science Hill has “plans in place,” and Principal Rita Presley regularly has students perform drills to keeps students and faculty prepared. Presley noted that an individual from the Kentucky Center for School Safety recently came to Science Hill and reviewed the school’s dismissal process and overall security. 
“He was overall positive about the way we’re doing things now, but his recommendation was that we have an access control panel for use for the front door,” said Presley. “We’re moving toward that, toward having a camera there and a buzzer. It would be monitored from the front desk, and reception would allow access into the school. We are going to move in that direction; that’s in the works.”
Butcher said that all schools in the county system have School Resource Officers from local law enforcement on hand, and go through all safety procedures yearly with principals and staff. Other, more detail-oriented measures are also in place across the numerous elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district.
“We’ve got our doors numbered, and the police, fire department, all those folks have a layout of what the building looks like,” said Butcher. “We have all of our visitors sign in, and have safety doors. We keep all exterior doors locked except for the main entrance. We do all we can to make sure we know who’s in the building. Every student knows about lockdown drills. Each school has their own secret code they holler over the intercom, and teachers know exactly what to do if there’s an intruder in the building.”

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