Discipline Problems Are Down In Schools Across Kentucky

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

Violent incidents and disciplinary measures are down in schools across the state.

Now some school officials in eastern Kentucky are looking for ways to continue the improvements.

Officials with the Kentucky Center for School Safety are impressed with the numbers.

Violent incidents involving drugs and weapons are down, and so are day to day punishments like suspensions.

But local administrators say they're always looking for ways to be even safer.

A five year study done by the Kentucky Center For School Safety says that Kentucky schools are safe.

Both the county and city school systems in Perry county are included in the statewide improvement.

"When the school environment is safe, then the kids can learn better than if they're afraid to come to school," Jon Akers said.

At Hazard High School, Assistant Principal Jeanette Combs says a new camera security system is a watchful eye everywhere, all the time.

She can monitor all sixteen cameras from her desk and zoom in or even look at past months of footage.

"You can just go back in 10 to 15 minutes and find out whatever you need to know," Combs said.

That kind of security, keeps Hazard High School prepared for the worst possibilities and the day to day incidents.

"We have very little discipline problems, but with the kids knowing that the cameras are inside and outside the building, we've had very few problems," Combs said.

Officials say schools can be even safer.

Perry County Central has locked doors, badges, and cameras, but now the safety coordinator is looking for new ways to be safe.

"Some of the things we were looking at during the last meeting we had, were funding to train teachers to deal with bullying," Eddie Campbell said.

Because small incidents have turned into violence at school across the nation administrators and officials say, they can never become comfortable with school safety.

The study looked at everything from homicides to disturbing class, and found improvements in almost every Kentucky county.

To see how safe your school is doing log on to www.kycss.org/clear/analys06.html


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