Pierre School Board Gets First Update From School Safety Coordinator

(KCCR) — The Pierre School Board heard its first report from its newest position Monday night. School Safety Coordinator Todd Johnson says he feels more than ready to guide safety and security protocol in the Pierre School District…

“I feel like the last 10 years I’ve trained for this position; as a police officer and if anybody thinks it was gonna be an easy, pushover position and kind of a retirement law enforcement guy  come hang out for awhile, I would challenge  you to come visit us; cause we’re working from 7:30 in the morning greeting kids at the door to  3:30 in the afternoon.  We’re at events.”
Johnson, who started in the position last week, says technology will play a big role in keeping staff, students, parents and visitors safe…

“I could get a feeling, initially that they had been working on this for a number of years cause there’s different things that have been put in place.  Computer systems, the security system at the high school, the ability for people to come and go; just the overall, you know, focus on safety and security when it comes to the kids and the community.”
Johnson says his focus is to be proactive on safety issues…

“Granted we’ll be reactive if we need to be, but its common sense to get out there and try to fix problems before they occur; to gather information and listen.  I think a big part of my position is gonna be a listener.  I will not say that I know everything.  I’m definitely not an expert.  I’m kinda really good at a lot of things, but I know that we have to be good listeners.”
Johnson will give monthly updates to the Pierre School Board on the status of school safety projects.