ENID, Okla. — Chisholm Public Schools
Chisholm Public Schools Superintendent Roydon Tilley said the district has been reviewing all of its security processes to try to determine if there are weak links that need adjustment.
“We tried to go about making a through evaluation of our processes and spent some money trying to make some adjustments in our processes,” Tilley said. “I think that’s a continuing process.”
Tilley said he also looks forward to seeing recommendations from Oklahoma Commission on School Security.
“I trust Lt. Gov. Lamb,” Tilley said. “He’s got a great background and some great people on the committee to take a look at that and make recommendations.”
Lamb is a former Secret Service officer.
Kremlin-Hillsdale Public Schools
Jim Patton, superintendent at Kremlin-Hillsdale, said the district hopes to upgrade security by installing surveillance cameras throughout the elementary school and the parking lots.
That hope hinges on a $200,000 multi-purpose bond issue on Tuesday’s ballot. The money would replace one school bus and one Suburban, projected at $130,000, and install security cameras and make needed repairs to lunchroom equipment for $70,000. The security cameras are projected to cost less than $20,000, Patton said.
The bond issue, if passed, is expected to have no effect on property taxes.
“We have 18 wind turbines coming on, and those will pay for the increase in taxes,” Patton said.
“I think with the security upgrade, our principals, assistant principals, secretaries and superintendent will have eyes on the security cameras,” Patton said.
Patton said the district has been reviewing all its security protocols — such as evacuation plans and lockdown — since the incident at Sandy Hook. The idea of installing security cameras had been discussed before, but the school board decided to proceed at the January meeting.
“With the Sandy Hook event, it kind of drove the point home,” Patton said.
Kremlin-Hillsdale also plans to have staff training on security as well as collaborate with law enforcement.
“That’s going to make things way better,” Patton said.