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Kirkwood School Board Approves Filling Vacant Safety Coordinator Position

The board voted to make the hiring at meeting Feb. 4. The post has been vacant since 2011.

With school districts around the country developing plans to improve school safety, the Kirkwood School Board voted at a meeting Monday to hire a new coordinator of safety and security, a position that has been vacant for almost two years.

According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the position had most recently been held by Mike Bales, who left in 2011 due to illness. Board members said Bales had already put in place many security measures, but the position needed to be filled in light of incidents like the massacre at an elementary school in Newton, Conn., last year.

Read the full story on STLtoday.com here.

Kirkwood is also part of the Safe Schools Partnership, which has had several recent meetings organized by the St. Louis County Police Department to discuss what law enforcement and schools can do to improve security, including providing training in "intruder preparation" for educators.  

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