FARMINGTON — The Farmington Municipal School District has hired an school safety center to conduct an assessment of the its buildings for emergency and security purposes.
During the board of education meeting Thursday evening, the board approved a proposal from Safe Havens International for a safety, security and emergency management assessment of all district buildings.
Safe Havens International, a non-profit school safety center, was chosen from a number of proposals that the new school safety committee reviewed.
Sandy Schumacher, president of the board of education and a member of the school safety committee, said committee members wanted to start with an evaluation.
“Getting a comprehensive look at where we stand right now is the most logical place to start,” Schumacher said.
The committee formed in late February, following a January board meeting in which the idea was first suggested, said Frank Stimac, assistant superintendent of campus programs.
"We have so many old buildings, and we've done a lot of changes," Stimac said. "We want them to look at everything from top to bottom."
The scope of the project will include off-site and on-site evaluation. The school safety center will complete a detailed security vulnerability assessment for the 19 schools and four facility buildings the district operates. Existing school safety, crisis response and disaster plans, as well as school safety policies and procedures, will also be evaluated.
The project’s cost is about $40,000.
Michael Dorn, executive director for Safe Havens International, said the company has projects in 24 countries. Clients for Safe Haven International include the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Safety Council.
The final strategic report and site reports for individual schools are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Stimac said the school district has a great relationship with Farmington and San Juan County law enforcement and emergency services agencies, but the district wanted to get another view on how it is operating.
"This is not critical of anybody. We work so good together," Stimac said. "We want a third-party to come in and look at (our buildings) or support the things we like to get done."
Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.