NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Noblesville Schools will be making a number of safety enhancements starting next year - including a trained police officer in every school in the district.
The school board says the improvements were already in the works prior to the May 25 shooting at Noblesville West Middle School that left student Ella Whistler, 13, and teacher Jason Seaman, 29, critically injured.
The student accused in the shooting is currently facing multiple charges and will be in court for his second hearing on June 25.
"We are so appreciative of the Noblesville Police Department for agreeing to share the additional school resource officers," said Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, superintendent of Noblesville Schools.
The school board cannot release specific details of the safety plan publicly but the recommendations will include:
Elimination of all portable classrooms
Additional school resource officers
Enhanced facility structures
Increased facility lockdown tools
Classroom barricading products
Additional surveillance equipment
School parking lot access control
Additional technology for increased safety communications
Additional counseling staff and mental health supports
"We are pleased that we are able to address community concerns by eliminating portable classrooms and adding safety enhancements to our already comprehensive list of safety measures," Niedermeyer said.
The funding for many of these enhancements is already in place but Noblesville Schools is still exploring options which may include asking the community to support a referendum to provide additional funding for safety initiatives and teacher compensation later this year.
The district is also planning to host a Community Safety Summit and a Safety Panel with law enforcement sometime this summer.
“Safety in today’s world is a complex issue and there are no easy answers,” Niedermeyer said. “We are committed to working together with law enforcement, community leaders, parents and the overall community to best protect students. We will be purposeful in our approach to safety enhancements and will make decisions based on what experts recommend.”