The Community Schools of Frankfort Board of Education discussed Mayor Chris McBarnes’ proposal regarding school safety which was to have armed police officers in every school in the district as well as metal detectors Tuesday night.
“It looks like we’re going to be able to start the school year on August 8 with a uniform, armed officer at all of our schools,” said Community Schools of Frankfort Superintendent Don DeWeese. “The plan is to add one more officer and we want that person to be very proactive, teach some curriculum and interacting with our students.”
DeWeese said there would be one person at Blue Ridge and Green Meadows as well as one officer at Suncrest, Frankfort Middle School and Frankfort High School. The district already has a police presence at the middle school and high school.
DeWeese talks about the duties of the fifth officer.
“When that fifth person comes on, they will work as a substitute or if another officer is absent they will step in for the absent officer,” said DeWeese. “That person is also going to doing some teaching in the classroom.”
In other news, the board approved the hiring of Lindsey Bright as the new assistant principal at Green Meadows Primary Elementary School.
“She is fully credentialed and licensed as a principal,” said DeWeese about Bright. “She has three years as an assistant principal and all three were in the Indianapolis Public Schools.”
Light was chosen from a field of 70 applicants.
The board also approved a contract with the City of Frankfort on a new welcome sign with the support of the Frankfort Future Leaders Advisory Council.
“This will be located near out tennis courts,” said DeWeese. “You’re going to see Case Arena with four pennants hanging down representing the four state championships won by Frankfort High School.”
DeWeese said the sign will be lighted and should be installed some time this summer.
The board also approved the hiring of two preschool teachers and two preschool bilingual paraprofessionals for new Pre-K classrooms. The district was able to do this because they received $202,000 of a $315,000 grant that awarded to the Community Schools of Frankfort