Lonedell R-XIV School District will have on campus security officer starting this fall.

Superintendent Jenny Ulrich told The Missourian that the district has partnered with a consulting firm which will recruit, train and schedule off-duty police officers. One police officer will be on campus for the 2018-19 year.

“Our district feels that by using active officers, we are ensuring our district is receiving highly trained personnel to protect our students and staff,” Ulrich said.

At its June meeting, the board approved a one-year deficit spending budget in order to fund the added security.

“The Lonedell R-14 Board of Education and administration feel strongly about providing increased security measures on campus in light of continued attacks on school campuses,” Ulrich said.

Research Options

During the course of the upcoming school year, district officials will study other long-term campus security options. Another option to consider is hiring a security company/hybrid company such as Safe Shield or a security protection officer.

The school protection officer would have to attend three weeks of training in Jefferson City. The SPOs are not commissioned officers, according to Ulrich.

The hybrid company Safe Shield is based in Texas where school personnel would be sent to learn how to use and carry a firearm.

“A goal for our district during the 2018-19 school year is to engage with families, community members, the board of education and staff to study all options available in regards to continuing armed security on campus beyond the 2018-19 school year,” she said.

“However, in light of increased school violence the district felt strongly that adding security this upcoming year was appropriate and important,” she added.

Ulrich encourages anyone who has ideas to contact her at 636-629-0401 or by email at julrich@lonedell.org.