Levy passes and security enhances


Photo by Kenz Hendrickson

Due to the 2013 levy passing security will be enhanced at the high school and both the junior highs. There will only be one big change, there is going to be a remodeling of the front entrance to the school. This will allow security personnel to keep a closer eye on who enters our school and for what purpose,” said Principal Don Johnson.

Cory Spawn

On Nov. 4, 2013, eligible voters within the Stillwater School District voted and approved a renewal and an increase of an operating levy 63 percent to 37 percent. Increasing school safety and security add to one of the main issues to be addressed.

The increasing security will bring a better environment into the classroom leading the students to feel safer.

Junior Anna Swanson explained,“Bringing these new safety regulations to life next year will really help improve the sense of security throughout all of the schools in the district. I think it is really important for student to have that extra sense of security during the day because one never knows what might happen. It’s always nice to know that someone is there protecting you so you do not have to worry about taking care of it yourself.”

Many changes will be taking place at the high school.

“There will only be one big change: there is going to be a remodeling of the front entrance to the school which will funnel visitors into the area presently occupied by the school bookkeeper and receptionist.  This will allow security personnel to keep a closer eye on who enters our school and for what purpose.  This remodeling is going to result in changes to several offices in the front of the high school, near the principal’s office,” said Principal Don Johnson.


Although the students may not be directly affected, the visitors will.

Johnson explained, “Actually, the changes being made will affect the students very little; they are geared primarily toward those adults and visitors who come to our school after the start of first period each day. It may give some students a great sense of security since they will know that people visiting the school will be monitored more closely.”

The police officers will be able to take different distribution routes around campus and will not have to constantly focus on the front entrance.

 “It will be different walking into the doors of the high school that have been the same for so long my senior year. I am happy that the levy has passed and that schools will now be able to further the security of their students. I am interested to see what the money will bring,” said Swanson.

The school will be modified to meet modern needs.

“Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest differences. We built this building to allow freedom, and we have to take that away. When we learn, we change, and we have had to change due to what other communities have experienced,” said assistant principal Mary Leadem Ticiu.

Safety regulations and security measures will taken into action during the school year of 2014-15.