The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 16, 2013

Joplin Schools brainstorms ways to improve school safety

From staff reports

— About 60 people — parents, teachers, principals, law enforcement personnel and administrators — met Tuesday night at the Joplin Schools administration building to review the district’s safety procedures and to brainstorm ways to improve them. The meeting came one month after a deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school left more than two dozen people dead.

Assistant Superintendent Angie Besendorfer said the district’s safety policies continually bear reviewing.

“The good news is we’re doing some things right,” she said. “The thing is, though, that anytime you’re doing things right, you can still do things better.”

Participants at the meeting were asked to highlight a number of issues that they perceived to be weaknesses in safety and security in Joplin schools. They also created a “wish list” of security measures not currently being implemented in the district.