In light of the recent school tragedies and the community’s concern for potential threats in our schools, Warren County Public Schools is hosting a Community Forum next Monday evening, February 26 at 6:30 pm in the Greenwood High School auditorium. Alongside myself, Major Tommy Smith of the Warren County Sheriff's department has agreed to participate in this discussion. We have a strong, long standing relationship with our local Sheriff's department and I am very thankful to Major Smith for making himself available for this event.
The purpose of this forum is to engage community members in dialogue about current WCPS safety measures/procedures and your suggestions for making our students feel more comfortable in our schools. As I shared with you in correspondence last Friday, the Warren County Board of Education is committed to entertaining additional ideas/opportunities from our community in this area. During this forum, I am confident that we will be able to disclose much of what we have done, and continue to do, to ensure all of our schools are safe places for our students, staff, and community.
I recognize that the increased public attention on school safety in response to recent events has many of us greatly concerned. This same heightened awareness has resulted in a rise of reported threats from our students. Please know that we will always investigate these reports and swift action will be taken if a threat is substantiated. It is also important to understand that it is not uncommon for misinformation to occur within these incidences; however, we will always investigate, regardless of how small. It has been, and will continue to be, our practice to notify parents of these situations as your trust in us is critical to our efforts.
It is our hope that holding a forum next Monday evening allows you ample opportunity to make plans to attend. In the meantime, if you have any questions prior to the Safety Forum, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at 270-781-5150. Thank you.