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Ludlow Schools Enhance Security

Officials from Ludlow Independent Schools explained how they are making their buildings safer.

New legislation passed into law by the Kentucky General Assembly mandates that all school districts install certain security measures to be used in the event of an emergency, such as a school shooter.

Mary A. Goetz Elementary principal Jason Steffen presented a slideshow about what has been accomplished at his school, and what's to come.

A new buzzer system is installed in each school, which will require the secretary to buzz people into the office where a government-issued ID will have to be presented by visitors.

That ID will then be run through a system called Raptor which will run instant background checks. It will then print ID stickers for the visitor to display.

Superintendent Michael Borchers said that he doesn't know whether the new measures would apply to all public events at the schools, and said some common sense would have to be used.

The system will recognize repeat visitors, expediting the process.

Each school in Ludlow will share a school resource officer since the elementary and high schools are attached. Bill Sparks will serve in that role. The district is also recommended to have one school counselor for every 250 students, so Ludlow will have two, one for each school, in addition to mental health counselors.

A new rule is designed to clear up confusion on consequences for students making threats to schools.

Any student who makes a threat against a school or a student in any manner will be charged with a felony and parents will be responsible for restitution.

This article has been updated to remove a reference to the Kenton County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, which did not have a role in creating the new rule about threats against students and schools.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor