S. Routt officials talk school safety


South Routt School District officials believe school security and the safety of its staff and students is one of the most important issues facing the small, rural district.

On Wednesday, Superintendent Kelly Reed, Soroco Secondary Principal James Chamberlin, South Routt Elementary School Principal Michael Young and district director of operations and maintenance, Maurice Glenn, met with county law enforcement and emergency personnel to discuss emergency preparedness and response.

The focus of the meeting, which was called by Reed, was to coordinate school, local and countywide resources should an emergency involving district staff or students occur.

"I feel better after the meeting," Reed said. "But we still have work to do. We are being careful and prudent."

In addition, the meeting offered all parties that would possibly respond to an emergency in South Routt have the chance to provide input on the Emergency and School Crisis Procedures manual.

The meeting lasted nearly 90 minutes, was one of several things the district is doing to maximize school security and safety, Reed said.

He added that there have been administrative team and accountability team meetings regarding school safety, as well.

Subsequent meetings, drills, building upgrades and communication are being scheduled for the near future.

Reed said South Routt officials were aware of a bomb threat at Steamboat Springs High School last week. The statement, which was found Oct. 20, had given Oct. 25 as the date for the bomb threat.

The meeting in South Routt wasn't called in direct response to the bomb threat in Steamboat.

School safety and security is an ongoing concern in South Routt.

"We take it very seriously," Reed said.

Those attending Wednesday's meeting were: Reed, Chamberlin, Young, Glenn, Oak Creek Fire Protection District's Chuck Wisecup, Routt County director of emergency management Chuck Vale, Oak Creek Police Department chief Linda Koile and Ray Birch with the Routt County Sheriff's Office.


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