School Board Approves Safety Investments

School Board Approves Safety Investments
Posted on 09/14/2018
School Board Approves Safety InvestmentsLast month, the Mason City Schools Board of Education expanded the district’s partnership with the City of Mason to increase school safety. Three years ago, the City had an innovative vision to create a Campus Safety District. Today, that vision is a reality and means that our schools go from having two law enforcement officers in 17-18 to having 13 Campus Safety Team members (which includes eight law enforcement officers, three security specialists, and two firefighter/ paramedics.) The Mason City School District is able to leverage the City’s $850,000 investment in campus safety and invests an additional $530,000 to ensure law enforcement presence in each school, and throughout important public areas in our community.

"The insight that led us to where we are today is that we looked at what we call the campus - initially that was the geographic area from the municipal center, the community center, the high school, the intermediate school, middle school, the parks - and when you look at that area that is really the heart of the City, but also the heartbeats that are in that campus. That insight led us to think differently, and it gave us an opportunity to do things better," said Eric Hansen, City Manager.

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In addition to the district’s $775,000 safety investment in personnel for 18-19 which includes an attendance administrative assistant at Mason High School, and additional counselor at Mason High School and the investment in the Campus Safety Team, the district is also investing $900,000 in non-personnel security measures. These include installing a visitor management solution that checks backgrounds of all visitors at all the district’s schools, upgrading door monitoring at all schools, installing security film on glass windows and doors, upgrading and adding more security surveillance cameras, and purchasing a social media threat alert service.

“Safety is always top of mind in Mason. This year, we also launched Hope Squad at Mason High School - a peer to peer program that trains students to be active listeners who can respond to peers who might be struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide.  We also encourage anyone who ever has a concern about school or a student’s safety to use our SafeSchools Tipline by calling or texting  513-972-4910,” said Jonathan Cooper, Superintendent.  
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