SITE council meeting focuses on safety

Corbin Gillihan

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Important safety information was given at the SITE council meeting. Around 10 people attended the event, which is open to all members of the public for one day each quarter.

The meeting began with Hamblin speaking on the college dual credit for students.

“Each institution will have their own rate,” Hamblin said when asked the amount each credit hour would cost.

Hamblin also spoke on the ACT workkeys that students can use to earn a certificate.

On general rules of admission to school, Hamblin said “We must enroll that student”, regardless of circumstances and proximity to end of year.

It was revealed that the graduation formula had changed, and that since 2011 graduation rates were above state average because they had increased “across the board.”

Hamblin said there are metal detectors but they are currently only being used when warranted and for games. Implementing metal detectors in every door of the school, Hamblin said it would cost more than $250,000 in addition to training staff members to use them.

Regarding the gun found on campus in October, Hamblin said that the situation was “immediately under control,” and that the actions taken by security were “very direct.”

Assistant principal Shane Seeley, who was a responder when the gun was discovered, said that he immediately went to the classroom.

The student claimed that the gun in his possession was for protection.

School resource officer Matt Liston cautioned the community to wait for official statements from the school because often with social media, “you’re going to get an incorrect narrative,” he said.

One of the reasons administrators responded so quickly was because they heard from a student about the gun.

“Students who see something should say something,” Seeley said.

An app for communicating directly to school staff is reportedly in the early stages.

 

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SITE council meeting focuses on safety