Letter from Superintendent, Audie Brown

Letter from Superintendent, Audie Brown
Posted on 02/22/2018
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Dear Families of Silver Consolidated Schools:

In light of recent school shooting incidents occurring throughout our nation and threats made across our state within the last couple of days, I would like to share with our community, the steps Silver Consolidated Schools has taken to be as proactive as possible in addressing these type of situations.

As was discussed during the December Board meeting, immediately after the tragic incident in Aztec, I called an emergency meeting with all administrators to discuss our school safety procedures. On December 19, 2017, district administration met with Chief Ed Reynolds and Captain Villalobos from the Silver City Police Department, to discuss and ask for their assistance and expertise on school safety and security as well as the need to conduct a threat assessment for each school in our district, within the town of Silver City. In Cliff, the State Police, Grant County Sheriff's Office and Silver City Police Department have assisted in a similar process both recently and in the past.

Please know and understand that administration is going to be asking the Board of Education to reallocate some of the recently passed bond monies that were originally allocated for specific capital projects, to now be used for updated safety and security measures within the Silver School system. Again, this was discussed during the December Board meeting.

On January 18, 2018, all Silver Schools administration met with Chief Reynolds, Captain Villalobos and Detective Jaure, to discuss procedures for the safety of those within our schools as well as the need to conduct and schedule a threat assessment at each school site.

At the February Board meeting held this last Tuesday evening, the Board passed a Safety and Security Resolution in which a School Safety and Security Committee is going to be established "with the intent of assessing current and potential safety and security risks as well as formulating ways to reduce, and if possible, eliminate the risks identified." The committee will "consist of members of the school district administrative team, representatives from local law enforcement agencies and staff/community members as deemed appropriate."

Ultimately, the overarching goal of this committee will be to bring the specific expertise and experience of those on the team together to provide a safe and secure learning environment to all within Silver Consolidated Schools.

To confirm you are able to receive important messages from your child's school and/or the district, I ask that you take a moment to ensure your email and phone information is current and up-to-date at your child's school to receive information via the School Messenger system.

Silver Consolidated Schools would like to publicly thank the Silver City Police Department, Grant County Sheriff's Office and the New Mexico State Police for ALL of their invaluable time and assistance.


Audie Brown

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