Lcps solicits teacher, parent input on school safety barbecue homemade sauce

Following the parkland, florida, school shooting that left 17 teachers and students dead, and subsequent threats to las cruces schools, the question loomed even larger.

In an effort to bolster security and safety in LCPS schools, teachers and parents met with administrators and local law enforcement officials wednesday evening to discuss what can and should be done by the district to ensure a similar tragedy does not take place in las cruces.

“we want to hear what you’re thinking,” said LCPS superintendent greg ewing. “you see things that we don’t see during the school day. You’re going to have ideas that we may not have thought of.”

Some ideas included having all students use a key card to get into buildings, as well as making sure schools are secured or locked all the way around the campus and funneling all visitors to a single main entrance — an effort that the district said they are already looking into.Every school


“we’ve slowly started implementing a barrier system in every school so that you can’t get through the front office and get into classrooms, but were not there yet,” ewing said. “we’ve started looking at where we need help, how much is it going to cost, how long is the construction going to take.”

Ewing said the district is looking to sell school bonds sooner rather than later in an effort to get the money needed to start projects. He also said las cruces mayor ken miyagishima has offered to loan city funding to the district to get the projects started sooner, to which ewing said they have attorneys looking into whether the transaction is legal.

Other low-cost, easy-to-implement ideas brought up were having driver’s license scanners at the front desks of every school that would do a background check on the individual and print a visitor’s badge sticker with their photo ID on it.

“it’s community policing 101.Ewing said just to say we’re here to make sure you guys are OK.” sgt. Benjamin martin of the doña ana county sheriff’s office

Another recommendation was for law enforcement officers on patrol to stop in to schools and check in with principals and teachers, when time allows.

“it’s community policing 101,” said sgt. Benjamin martin of the doña ana county sheriff’s office. “just to say we’re here to make sure you guys are OK.”

But in order to make any of this work, pattie vacirca, an LCPS parent and elementary school teacher, said the district needs to decide on a game plan and make it uniform across the district, particularly when it comes to locking all exterior doors.

“we come up with a lot of band-aids that don’t stick. What we need to do right now is we need to be the same across the board,” vacirca said. “it doesn’t need to be a building’s decision or a principal’s decision. We need to have a protocol in the system that every building has the same nonnegotiable that we have to follow.”

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In order to do this, she recommended LCPS go directly to parents and tell them that if they want to do something to keep their children safe, they need to follow the protocols set in place.

The participants in the one-hour meeting created several posters of ideas, which superintendent ewing said the district will organize and prioritize. Ewing said he intends to hold a second meeting after spring break, march 19-23, to show parents how the security plans are progressing.

“this is something we have to continuously work on, something we have to continuously improve,” ewing said. “we need to make sure safety and security is a priority in every school, and we follow that with teaching and learning.”