Superintendent forms Safety Council

Superintendent forms Safety Council
Posted on 06/01/2022
Morganton, NC – Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan is forming a Superintendent’s Safety Council to review and discuss safety procedures in schools. The council plans to hold its first meeting in the coming days and include members of the Burke County Board of Education, as well as key district staff members.

Swan said the board members planning to serve on the council have diverse career backgrounds and will provide valuable input. Those board members are Chair Wendi Craven, who is a former principal and educator, Vice-Chair Aaron Johnson, a sworn law enforcement officer, and Seth P. Hunt, Jr. as a former administrator of Broughton and former law enforcement officer. Future plans for the council include bringing in Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant to provide his expertise.

Following the small group sessions, Dr. Swan will present the goals and strategies of the safety council to the full Board of Education, and keep the board updated regularly. Public updates and presentations may be limited as the information will pertain to school safety plans and responses.

Swan said, “Each school has an established safety committee and safety plan in place. The goal of this special council is to, as a district and in partnership with law enforcement, ask ourselves what else we can do to make our schools safer. With just a few short days left until the official end of the school year, school safety continues to be at the forefront of our minds and hearts in light of the Texas school shooting. While school may be out for the summer, we still have students and staff in and out of our buildings for various reasons over the summer, and we use the summer months to plan and prepare for a successful 2022-2023 school year.”

Last week, Swan shared a letter to families and the community regarding measures already in place for school safety. Some of those measures include:
  • Relationships with law enforcement and first responders
  • Active shooter simulations
  • Monthly principal drills
  • Lockdown and reverse lockdown drills, fire and tornado drills
  • Daily safety sweeps
  • Safe school entrances
  • Visitor sign-in requirements
  • Employee ID badges
  • Cameras and panic buttons
  • Mental health support
  • Say Something anonymous tip reporting system
  • Vigilant staff, parents and students
Swan said, “As we conclude this school year and look forward to next school year, we remain on high alert. Our leadership team and I along with our administrators, teachers, and all employees have a vested interest in school safety. Not only are we educating and caring for other parents’ children each day, but many of us also have children and grandchildren of our own in this school system. The safety, security and peace of mind for all students and staff remain our top priority.”
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