In the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Depew school district plans a security audit, Superintendent Jeffrey R. Rabey said at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.
After a moment of silence for the 26 victims of last Friday’s tragedy, Rabey said: “We are reviewing all of our safety plans and will be conducting a district-wide security audit, in consultation with experts in the security field, in order to identify any vulnerabilities and then to put in place measures that will mitigate any deficiencies.
“I consider our number one job at Depew schools is the safety and welfare of every child in our care,” he said.
Noting that district personnel continually talk about how well they know the existing emergency plan and how up-to-date and effective it is, Rabey said, “We will be ever more vigilant in these efforts.”
In his remarks, also posted on the district’s website, Rabey said the district has support personnel available for any child in need. He added there are links on the website, www.depewschools.org, that provide parents “with key information about helping children cope with tragedy.”
In other business, Rabey said the offices of the superintendent, assistant superintendent, and the special education department have been relocated from Terrace Education Building to renovated space in the high-middle school complex. By Jan. 1, the business office will make a similar move.
Plans to sell the Terrace Building, a former elementary school, will be discussed at the board’s Jan. 15th meeting.
The board also took a short recess to tour the new student art gallery, called Inspired, in a room off the entranceway at the high school. The exhibits are expected to rotate every few weeks, according to art teacher Jennifer Hatfield.
High School Principal Carol Townsend said the new space was especially important for students planning a career in the art field, as it affords a way to display their work.
The board also accepted a $750 donation to the high school from John Lamb, on behalf of the Verizon Foundation, to be used in support of the Character Education Program.