Metal detectors in place at all Grenada schools

GSD Student Resource Officer Jesse Gonzales Jr. demonstrates one of Grenada High School’s new metal detectors with the help of student Payne Horan. Staff Photo / Galen Holley

Staff Writer

   Discussion of policies for using new metal detectors, a briefing about Common Core and appreciation of board members topped the agenda of the Grenada County School Board Tuesday.
   The district recently installed walk-through metal detectors at all its schools. The machines are ready, but the schools haven’t started using them because teachers and other personnel haven’t been trained, and because the board needs to develop policies for their use.
   The metal detectors are just one facet of the district’s comprehensive commitment to fully securing its campuses, said Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault. Other measures include installing door buzzers, purchasing a new police car and hiring new security personnel, Daigneault said.
   Student Resource Officer Jesse Gonzales Jr. said Wednesday that secondary wand detectors are going to be installed as well.

Common Core

   The district is getting ready to implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative, Daigneault said.
   Common Core is an education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform.
Mississippi is among the states that have adopted Common Core, and schools will implement it next school year.
   States were given an incentive to adopt the Common Core standards through the possibility of competitive federal Race to the Top grants. President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Race to the Top competitive grants on July 24, 2009, as a motivator for education reform.
   “When Common Core hits it’s going to be a new game for us all,” said Daigneault, explaining that the new standards will be accompanied by a new assessment system.
   “I’m confident that we’ll climb to the top of that system as well,” said Daigneault.

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