School security

I strongly support Sen. Rick Kolowksi’s LB872, which would create the position of state school security director within the Nebraska Department of Education. Creating this position allows the commissioner of education and the State Board of Education to ensure school districts throughout the state enact and practice minimum safety measures.

Sen. Kolowski, as a former Marine, realizes that members of the state board, the local school boards, and even the commissioner of education cannot be “experts” on every safety or security matter affecting schools, students, staff and districts.

In the military, the battalion/regiment/division commander does not have the expertise, nor can a leader spend the time to explore or develop the multitude of details necessary to have a functioning unit.

The leader has specialists who will develop the plans, work out the details and present a recommendation to the commander to make a decision.

Each school board member, whether at the local or state level, desires to have a safe learning environment for students. The degree of expertise in school safety will vary widely from district to district, sometimes even within the same geographic area or county.

A state school security director, through the commissioner of education and the State Department of Education, can come up with best practices and plans for the state minimum. The local school boards can tailor their safety plans to meet their community, while still meeting state minimum standards.

Education professionals, local law enforcement, parents, staff and students can get behind this bill and support its passage and signing into law by the governor.

Tim Hanson
Minden



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