SILOAM SPRINGS – School board members, principals, custodial workers and local police recently conducted a safety and security audit for the Siloam Springs School District.
The audit, which takes place every year, is carried out to ensure that students and staff are safe in the various schools. Deputy Superintendent Shane Patrick led the audit.
“The purpose of these regular audits is to ensure that any safety issues are resolved before students and staff return for the New Year,” he said. “It’s a process that never ends. Over time, we need to regularly maintain the safety and security features throughout the district.”
He went on to say, “These school safety audits look at all of the many components that make up school safety. Some of these elements include technology infrastructure, information protection, internet security, construction equipment, monitoring systems, and processes and procedures. “
Patrick was joined by Sergeant Jeff Bland, School Resource Officer, Director of Maintenance Randall Bolinger, Custody Manager Zach Krug and District Technology Director Todd Cross, Siloam Virtual Academy Coordinator Springs Adrienne Schlake and board members Brian Lamb and Grant Loyd.
This particular audit found that all campuses in Siloam Springs are well-equipped, but Patrick said there were a few things they were investigating further.
“We found a few areas that we need to address over the next month,” Patrick said. “These items included updating a few surveillance cameras and changing a few doors with new hardware.”
Other items mentioned during the audit included adding numbers to exterior windows and training staff to ensure doors are closed and secure.
Patrick says that with recent events, such as the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, it’s more important than ever to make safety a priority.
“The Siloam Springs School District has long believed that the safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority,” said Patrick. “Recent events remind us that we must continue to be vigilant to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect the students and staff of our school district.”