SISD examining school safety following Sandy Hook shooting
Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) will be revisiting their school safety plans following the horror that unfolded at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 students and six teachers.As part of his Superintendent's Report during the December 17 meeting of the SISD Board of Trustees, Terry Pittman stated that procedures are already in place on the campuses, such as in the front office areas to enter the buildings. Additionally, each classroom door can be locked, which could slow down a potential attacker.In working with the district, the Sweetwater Police Department will be conducting campus drills over the Christmas holiday break to prepare for such instances. On Monday, overall attendance numbers were reported as normal in Sweetwater, as national media posed the question of safety in schools throughout the weekend leading up to class time.As safety is a top priority at Sweetwater ISD, staff awareness will be reiterated as various factors continue to be examined.In other updates, enrollment for the district, as of December 7, came in at 2,209 students. This number reflects a 10 student increase from the previous month, and since the first day of classes, 100 students have been added to the district.Also part of his report, three resignations were reported for paraprofessional personnel changes. In its early stages, tax collections were at 7.54% for M&O (Maintenance & Operations) and 7.43% for I&S (Interest and Sinking).In addition, an update was given on the various maintenance projects taking place around the district. A new press box is being constructed at the softball field, which is set to be ready for this season.Renovations on the fieldhouse continue, as the roof has been cleaned up and the protective liner will be sprayed sometime this week and new carpet will be laid following the holiday break. Furthermore, the Sweetwater Middle School tennis courts are being updated as the asphalt is being laid. Outside of the athletic department, tweaks continue on the work completed by McKinstry for energy management program in order to keeping classrooms at a comfortable temperature. Additionally, the district is already in the planning stages for projects that will take place this summer.