MCISD discusses school safety

Posted 3/10/20

Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) Superintendent Keith Smith touched on a number of items concerning school safety during the board’s monthly meeting for March Monday and mentioned the possibility of a ‘Marshal Plan’ in the district, which would allow for a trained and highly-vetted employee to have access to a weapon in case of an emergency.

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MCISD discusses school safety

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Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) Superintendent Keith Smith touched on a number of items concerning school safety during the board’s monthly meeting for March Monday and mentioned the possibility of a ‘Marshal Plan’ in the district, which would allow for a trained and highly-vetted employee to have access to a weapon in case of an emergency.

“We are not saying we are going to do it,” said Smith. “But we are doing more research and talking to school districts that have it in play. This is a time of year where we really felt like we had a chance to catch our breath and make sure we are doing everything to keep our children and our staff as safe as we possibly can.”

MCISD will meet with officials from Navasota ISD and Anderson ISD, where similar plans are already in place.

The district also plans to meet with representatives from Raptor Technologies to potentially shake up their school visiting process.

Currently, a visitor who is buzzed in through the main entrances of any campus is asked to sign in at the front desk and given a visitors’ sticker.

If the district decides to use Raptor’s system, a visitor will be asked to provide their identification card to be scanned, which results in an instant background check to notify school personnel of any potential red flags before the visitor proceeds.

The district is also currently in talks with the county regarding a grant that would bring in an additional school resource officer.

Board members and all district personnel are required to complete a one-hour, online cyber security training course. It is mandatory for anyone employed in the district who has access to a computer.

In facilities, the new visitors’ bleachers at Mustang Stadium have been installed. The project is set for completion next week.

The district also plans to pour concrete in the bus drop-off and pickup area behind the Intermediate campus.

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