Leavenworth Board of Education members recently voted to arm security guards at Richard Warren Middle School. But the superintendent said school officials are working to improve security at all of the buildings in the district.

Leavenworth Board of Education members recently voted to arm security guards at Richard Warren Middle School. But the superintendent said school officials are working to improve security at all of the buildings in the district.

“We are definitely looking at a way to enhance security measures at all of our buildings,” Superintendent Mike Roth said.

He said district officials are trying to be as proactive as they can.

He said changes include recommendations from district emergency management team members.

The superintendent said district officials also have met with representatives of companies that offer notification systems. He said such systems could be accessed by teachers and used to notify law enforcement.

“It would be quicker than 911,” Roth said.

He said district officials have not yet committed to such systems, but they are being looked at for some buildings.

Roth has said he wants to explore the possibility of a school resource officer who would visit all of the schools in the district.

A school resource officer currently is assigned to Leavenworth High School. The officer is an armed member of the Leavenworth Police Department.

A school resource officer previously worked at Warren Middle School, but that position was eliminated a couple of years ago.

School board members voted recently to purchase firearms and other equipment for security guards who work at the middle school. This policy will apply to two security guards who are retired law enforcement officers.

The vote came on the one-month anniversary of a school shooting in Florida. But the superintendent said the timing of the vote was only a coincidence. The vote came during a regular meeting of the school board.

Roth has said the middle school security guards may be armed as early as this week, when classes resume following spring break.

The use of metal detectors at schools is something district officials have looked at. Roth said this may work at some of the smaller school buildings in the district. But he said it would not be practical at the high school because the building has numerous exterior doors which could be used to circumvent metal detectors.

“We have looked at it,” he said. “We've talked about it.”

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