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School safety in Springville District discussed

With the goal of improving safety for its students and faculty, the Springville-Griffith School Board voted 6-1 Tuesday to accept recommendations from a recent security audit. However, all items may not be implemented due to cost.

The board viewed results from a comprehensive security audit conducted by board President Mel Williams, who is a professional security inspector.

He attended Tuesday’s meeting, his last as a board member, via videoconferencing from the United Arab Emirates where he is currently on assignment with work.

Superintendent Paul Connelly said the safety audit was conducted throughout the district and resulted in more than 10 recommendations for the district’s four buildings. However, he would not specify what those items were.

“I don’t want to be too specific on where our weak points are,” he said. “It could compromise the safety of our students.”

After the audit was approved, Connelly said the next step will be to come up with corrective action and then create a plan, mindful of what the district can afford.

The district sought a professional security audit following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut where an armed gunman entered the school and killed both faculty and students.

In other matters, the board accepted a donation from the Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow. The 500-pound sculpture will be placed in the lower terrace of the Middle School. Shaped like a tree, the artwork is 9 feet tall with an approximate 6-foot diameter. Christy Komeda, an art teacher with the district, helped facilitate the project.