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Woodland, Gurnee schools hire security expert

Updated: April 10, 2013 2:37AM

GURNEE — Nearly two months after the Newtown, Conn., tragedy two school districts have hired a national school security expert to assess their safety and security procedures.

Woodland Community Consolidated District 50 and Gurnee Grade School District 56 have engaged Kenneth Trump to conduct an onsite visit next week.

“The safety of our schools, our students and our staff has been at the forefront of our thoughts since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in December,” said District 50 Superintendent Joy Swoboda. “The administrative team continues to work closely, as it has in the past, with the Gurnee police and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to ensure we are doing everything we can regarding the security our schools and all our buildings in order to support a safe learning environment for our staff and students.”

Trump will begin his week at Woodland visiting with district administration, crisis teams, and touring schools and buildings Monday and Tuesday.

“The Board of Education is keenly aware of its responsibilities to consistently analyze policies and procedures concerning district safety and preparedness,” said Woodland Board of Education President Dr. L.A. Gregorash. “The administration and Board of Education look forward to Mr. Trump’s recommendations on ways to enhance the security of our district.”

While he will spend two days at Woodland and two days in District 56, a District 50 spokeswoman said the comprehensive security audit includes a pre-site review of security and emergency preparedness policies and documents, on-site interviews, interviews with key community partners and recommendations, as well as off-site work following the February visit.

Off-site work includes the completion of a report of observations and recommendations from the site visits focused upon positive measures in place that should be continued and recommendations for school security and emergency planning.

The spokeswoman said Trump has an extensive K-12 school-specific security background and provided analysis to the “Today Show,” CNN, FOX and other news outlets following the Connecticut school shootings. Trump has a master of public administration degree and bachelor’s degree in social service from Cleveland State University and extensive specialized training in school security, gang violence and emergency preparedness issues.

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