NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City School Board reviewed its current policies for keeping students safe and detailed safety drills at its workshop meeting Monday.
Superintendent Jeff Edwards said the policies were developed while working with a security firm staffed by former police and FBI agents. He said they demonstrate the school’s direction since 2015.
Edwards: “Some of the history of what we’ve done district-wide over the last several years in preparing for different scenarios and training of our staff and trying to ensure that, if something occurs, we’re prepared for it and have people trained in how to deal with it.”
While each school building in the district may call the drills by a different name, they are conducted at least once per semester.
Each building also has a safety team that utilizes strengths and skills of each member to ensure the well being of the students.
Current Nebraska state law allows only police officers on duty to carry a firearm in school, which are otherwise gun-free zones.
In other action, High School Principal Brian Hoover reported that the school production of “Beauty and the Beast” was a great success, both in terms of attendance and in student participation.
Hoover also received word that the Community Foundation has approved a grant for the Youth Advisory Council which will help with leadership skills training.
Middle School Principal Craig Taylor said 17 acts were performed at last week’s talent show, and now students at the Middle school are preparing for the March 23rd music contest.
Hayward Principal Scott Davis said staff at Hayward are ready for parent-teacher conferences Wednesday evening and all day Thursday.
Northside Principal Brant Gaswick said Northside is preparing for Appleapalooza next Friday. Students are also selling cookie dough to raise money for a vertical climbing wall.
In other Board discussion, May 24 was declared the last day of school for 2017-2018.