SCHOOL SAFETY: Whitko, police unite

PIERCETON — School safety has been a recurring topic of conversation between administrators at Whitko Community School Corporation.Recently, WCSC Superintendent Steve Clason met with local law enforcement to determine how to better protect Whitko schools.“We discussed safety plans to figure out what the best course of action should be in our buildings,” Clason said. “Luckily, we haven’t had an immediate concern, but it is best to be prepared.”A joint meeting was held with school administrators and the Whitey County Sheriff’s Department, South Whitley Police Department and Pierceton Police Department.Conversations regarding school safety come on the heels of an Indiana Senate Republican initiative to better protect schools after the shooting in Connecticut.Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, told the Associated Press that his team is looking at ways to improve the proposal that Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Republican Sen. Pete Milller of Avon introduced.Initially the proposal called for $10 million to pay for more school resource officers in response to concerns from parents and teachers over bullying and gang violence in schools.However, Long said the initiative would better account for threats outside the building. For Whitko schools, Clason said there is no plan to make any structural changes to the schools’ buildings, however, an ongoing assessment is keeping both administration and local law enforcement abreast of the safety concerns.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 28 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.