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Krum ISD to host safety forum

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

The Krum Independent School District will host a community safety forum at 7:30 p.m. today at the district’s board room, 1200 Bobcat Blvd.

Superintendent Cody Carroll, who will lead the discussion, said the forum is an opportunity to discuss issues relating to school security and receive feedback from the public on what it feels are the strengths and weaknesses in the district’s security plan. Attendees will also have an opportunity to offer recommendations for enhancing district security and the district intends to share some security ideas it has in the works including installing security cameras at district entrances and buzz-in systems that will limit access to district buildings, he said. The district intends to look at implementing some of those ideas over the summer, Carroll said.

According to district officials the forum is also designed for parents, guardians and the Krum community to learn the current safety procedures and emergency response plans the district has in place.

“What we’re going to try to do is be as proactive as we can,” he said.

This is the first time this school year the district will host a security community forum.

What spurred the decision to host this conversation is the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed.

“It’s been such a hot topic this year with the events that went on at that school,” Carroll said. “[It’s] just a tragic event that has taken parents aback. We want to do everything we can to let parents know that we’re doing all we can to make their child safe.”

District spokeswoman Chelbie Birdwell said the district will make any resources distributed at tonight’s meeting available online. Individuals with questions after Monday’s meeting are also encouraged to contact a campus principal or district administrator, she said.

For more information, call 940-482-6000.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.