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Bellevue Adds Temporary School Security Measures; Playground Progress Slow

Bellevue Independent Schools are secure, Superintendent Robb Smith said at the recent board of education meeting.

The district began reviewing its security protocols even before last month's deadly school shooting in Florida.

"We have excellent procedures in place," Smith said. "We had a school safety audit done in the past and now we do reviews to keep it fresh."

Smith said there are new temporary measures in place, but would not reveal what those were. He was going to send a letter to parents but decided not to, noting his belief that the students are safer if the security measures are not made public.

"We do not have a school resource officer," Smith said, "but we have a great relationship with the Bellevue Police Department, and they are only two blocks away."

Smith said that he confident that the district is taking every step to keep students safe. 

The district is in the process of adding a new camera system to both its school buildings, and is also re-keying the exterior locks of all entry doors.

Meanwhile, working is moving slowly on repairs to the playground at Grandview Elementary, which was damaged by fire last year.

"Progress is slow," Smith said. "We are looking into other funding sources. I hate that it is not up this season, but we hope to have it by next year."

The 7th grade girls basketball team were honored for winning the NKMSAA tournament, and for their impressive season.

The middle school academic team was honored for being the district governor's cup winner.

Senior Collin Woodyard, and junior Dillon Ryland were recognized for winning 3rd and 4th place, respectively, in the Regional Local Auto Tech Skills USA Competition.

Students from both schools were honored for creativity: From Grandview Elementary, the students were Brody Terry, Irelynn Lynch, Shelby Farmer, Keegan McIntosh, Hunter McClanahan, Sabrina McDonald, and Nina Salzmen; from Bellevue High School the students were Olivia Fey, Tatyana Lear, Kalyia Day, Ana Bishop, Alysia Silva, Chris Jones, and Charlie Ouahidy.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Middle school academic team honored
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The 7th grade girls basketball team