School Safety Continues To Be A Primary Focus
This summer, New Richmond Exempted Village School District partnered with local authorities at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to conduct a Threat and Risk Assessment. The purpose of this Threat and Risk Assessment was to identify any vulnerability to the infrastructure and the primary operations of all NREVSD facilities.
Threat and Risk Assessments are a common practice among districts. Due to the uniqueness of every school district and their facilities, each assessment requires data and information to be gathered. Upon reviewing current policies and manuals, observing the interior and exteriors of buildings, and using personal knowledge and experience, Deputy Milton Staderman presented NREVSD with potential vulnerabilities to be addressed in effort to create a more secure environment.
“The New Richmond School buildings offer a unique situation in that New Richmond is a close community with everyone knowing everyone. This presents both strengths and weaknesses,” stated Staderman.
The primary concerns of the district can be reduced to the following: creating clearer borders, increasing signage, improving parking/vehicle traffic, re-assessing building access points, and expanding video surveillance.
“On April 10, the Board of Education (BOE) conducted a public forum to hear concerns and thoughts on the issue of safety at NREVSD. That forum led to the BOE’s commitment to hire a full time School Resource Officer for the main campus,” stated Superintendent Mr. Adam Bird. “From that initial forum, we also brought in CCSO to conduct the Threat Assessment, to which we are moving forward and incorporating several recommendations to harden our buildings and ensure the safety of our schools.”