Message From The Superintendent
“You don’t need to know the whole alphabet of safety. The A,B,C’s will save you if you follow it: Always Be Careful.
Colorado School of Mines Magazine, August 1918
The top priority of Benjamin School District 25 is to protect the safety of students, faculty, and visitors. Sadly, our nation continues to experience violence occurring in schools. A collaborative effort to keep everyone safe is essential. School safety is everyone’s responsibility including students, staff, parents, and community. Students are reminded to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or activity to an adult.
Numerous safety measures are in place to safeguard students and staff to ensure an atmosphere conducive to learning. Our school safety protocol includes:
• Emergency Crisis Operations Plan – The detailed plan is regularly refined based on best practices and review by first responders.
• Safety Drills – Numerous types of drills are conducted on an ongoing basis. First responders observe and critique some of the drills to continuously improve our practices.
• Emergency Training – Each school conducts a variety of emergency preparedness training periodically such as ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training.
• Controlled Access – Each exterior building door is remotely controlled and/or monitored.
• Visitor Registry – All visitors must register in the front office using the Raptor Screening System and receive a temporary identification badge prior to having access to the school.
• Identification Badges – All staff display district-issued identification badges when at school.
• Interior and Exterior Cameras – Digital cameras throughout each school monitor activity inside and out.
• Law Enforcement – A representative of the local law enforcement agency regularly visits each school to be familiar with the building and address any issues.
• Comprehensive Communication Plan – The purpose of the plan is to swiftly and accurately communicate essential information about a situation to first responders, district faculty, and community members. The safety of children and staff is the focus throughout the situation.
• Reunification of Families – There is a detailed plan for the reunification of parents and their children in case of a major emergency necessitating the relocation of students.
Together, we will provide a safe and secure learning environment. I welcome your ideas, comments, or concern that you may have regarding school safety.
Positive Results of Referendum Bond Sale
The recent sale of the $4.9 million referendum will result a debt service tax rate decrease of 17 percent instead of the projected estimate of 16 percent. This means that impact on the owner of a $250,000 house will save almost $78 rather than the projected estimate of $75 for the upcoming tax year.
Strong Schools, Strong Community, Strong Future
Please see the article in the SPRING 2018 newsletter explaining the planned projects which will be completed this summer. It is planned to set up a camera in the construction areas so anyone can go to our website to view the progress being made. There will be an open house in the fall for the public to observe first-hand the improvements that have been accomplished to enhance safety and security, educational programs, and maintenance. Our community has high expectations of our schools, and we continue to diligently work to meet and exceed these expectations.
Philip M. Ehrhardt, Ed.D.
Superintendent, FOIA Officer
Benjamin School District 25
District Support Staff - Accounting/Payroll
Clark, Dr. Shelley
District Support Staff - Secretary
Special Education/Intervention Consultant
Tech Info Coordinator
District Support Staff - Administrative Assistant/Board Recorder, FOIA Officer