Northwest ISD conducts security audit of school campuses

Posted Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Northwest school district recently turned to ERCM Consultants to conduct a security audit of a Northwest elementary, middle and high school and review the district’s safety and security policy and procedures. The results show a significant amount of work and capital has already been invested in the schools’ physical security.

Northwest uses access control systems at front entrances, extensive video surveillance and two-way radio systems to facilitate communication between each school and law enforcement during an emergency.

“Because of the success of the Northwest ISD safety and security program and leadership of Director Glenda Beam, I believe Northwest ISD is the safest school district in the nation,” Trustee Mark Schluter said during the safety and security audit report at the May 28 school board meeting. “Beam should be commended. She pours her heart and soul into providing a safe environment for the students and staff in Northwest ISD.”

Nearly 2,500 parents responded to a Northwest parent survey conducted in February, and approximately 89 percent agreed Northwest provides a safe and orderly environment. As Northwest continues to grow in population, ERCM Consultants recommended integrating an inter-agency threat assessment team that includes district administration, law enforcement, mental health and juvenile justice partners. Additional recommendations include practicing a full-scale reunification exercise with students, parents, school and district personnel to use in the aftermath of a crisis.

“Our team has rarely observed such a strong safety and security program within a district,” ERCM consultant John McDonald noted in his report.

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