Emergency Response Grant

Several area school districts will assess and revise gaps and vulnerabilities in their emergency response plans, thanks to a new grant.

The almost $600,000 grant was obtained by the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative for 11 school districts.

Bowling Green's Superintendent, Joe Tinius, said his district was getting ready to revise its plan because of recent turn-over for district and school level administrators and teachers.

"It's going to give us an opportunity to do a thorough review of our current emergency procedures planned, and assess that plan, and make some adjustments,” Tinius said.

Tinius says he'll look at the procedures in place for any kind of emergency situation. "Whether it is an intruder in the building, whether it is a chemical spill near one of our buildings where we need to maybe evacuate students, lock down procedures."

The grant provides funding for physical changes to the buildings, money for substitutes or compensation for those working on the plan, and for outsiders to come in and revise the strategy.

"When you spend all your time in those buildings and working with the same people, you sometimes don't see some things that someone from the outside might walk in and see,” Tinius said.

The district will also look at the number of open entrances at each school and the sign-in and out procedures for parents, visitors, and students.

Besides Bowling Green City Schools, Campbellsville, Caverna, Glasgow, Grayson County, Metcalfe County, and Warren County are all part of the grant.

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