I am pleased to be the Superintendent of the Bondurant-Farrar Community Schools, a district steeped in rich tradition. We look forward to the continued success, growth, and increasing student achievement.
Our mission is to help all children develop their talents in order that they may become productive citizens.
We appreciate your interest in our district! Please feel free to contact me if we can be of assistance to you. We welcome you to our school and community.
Town Hall Meeting Minutes
Thank you to all who were able to attend our town meeting on 12/10/13 to discuss recent events regarding our school district. Listed below, you will find abbreviated comments made during the meeting. A wealth of information was shared that evening by Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the school attorney, and school administration. We ask that you please talk with your children about these events, have some type of emergency plan in case this would ever happen again, and to discuss the severity and consequences of such threats. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is working on information to share with students and families about the $1000 reward through CrimeStoppers and how to access the system. We will share with you as that becomes available.
At the bottom you will find the names and e-mail addresses of the presenters. Please feel free to contact them if you need further information. As always, we appreciate your support of our school and staff.
According to Polk County Sheriff protocol with a bomb threat, a cell phone could be used as a piece of equipment to detonate a device. This is the main reasons students were not allowed to use cell phones during the evacuation.
Students were not allowed to go to their lockers to get any items. The goal was to get the kids out in an orderly fashion – and not have them stopping in hallways, chatting, going home with friends, etc. Staff was able to keep better track of students by keeping them with their classroom teacher. Getting the kids out of the building was the number one priority.
Due to legal issues, search options were/are limited. Cars were not searched.
The school district does have emergency plans. We will not be divulging details of those plans to the public.
Protocol when discovering a potential threat is to consider possible trigger words and other specified information in the threat. Administration and law enforcement will determine the viability of the threat and determine next best steps.
The district is looking at various options to communication with parents. Some parents didn’t receive notification for several hours after it was sent out. The technology director is looking into other software to see how to best communicate during an emergency situation. The district’s number one priority is to get your child to a safe place first.
Law enforcement and school officials ask parents to not rush immediately to the school unless told to do so. Traffic clogs up the area around school, and in the event of an emergency situation, law enforcement and other emergency personnel will not be able to maneuver around the traffic. Polk County asks parents to please keep orderly conduct and follow protocol as to whatever is stated in school communication.
When reviewing the current policy, evacuation sites will be evaluated – depending on the threat.
Specific details regarding the wording of the threat will not be revealed. Certain “trigger” words are looked for in such threats – and may lead to an evacuation.
The check-out system did not work properly at all facilities. Procedures are being reviewed and school officials are looking into ways to have uniform protocol for all evacuation sites. In the future, only parents will be able to check-out students.
School officials and law enforcement are taking the threats very seriously and will prosecute the individual(s) involved if caught. Polk County Sheriff’s Department and school administration are conducting parallel investigations. Polk County intends to see this case all the way until the end. These are ongoing investigations. Video has been reviewed, students have been interviewed, and a $1,000 reward is being offered through Crime Stoppers. Students are encouraged to talk with their parents if they have any information at all.
Countless hours have been spent by staff, administration and law enforcement. The amount of money being spent on the investigation is not an issue – Any and all resources are being used to find the individual(s) responsible for the threat.
At this time, while the district thanks all who want to volunteer, the district is not equipped to ask parents to come in and patrol the hallways. Legal issues and protocol will be looked into regarding the training of parents and community members who have offered their assistance in the school buildings.
Students were not allowed to leave school in their cars. At the time of the threat, the number one goal was to get the students out in an orderly manner and being able to account for the students. The concern was that staff would not be able to know the whereabouts of all students especially if some were allowed to leave in vehicles.
At the elementary, students were dismissed about 10 minutes prior to regular dismissal time. Unfortunately, there was a lack of communication with staff as to why students were letting out early – and some teachers may have assumed school was dismissing because of impending inclement weather and it was overheard by children. The fashion students and staff were dismissed and better communication will be reviewed by the school district.
Anderson was not part of the threat thus not being evacuated to another building – all involved believed Anderson was a safe place for student to be evacuated to.
In the event of a future evacuation, limited cell phones and computers may be available for students to contact parents once they reach a safe spot.
Thank you for attending this evening’s meeting. If you would like to further discuss one of the topics or if you feel your question or comments were not addressed sufficiently, please feel free to contact any of the personnel below:
Bondurant-Farrar District Office – 967-7819
Mrs. Peggy Vint, Superintendent, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bondurant-Farrar High School – 957-8191
Mr. Mike Kramer, Principal, email@example.com
Mr. Maury Ruble, Associate Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bondurant-Farrar Middle School – 967-3711
Mr. Chad Carlson, Principal, email@example.com
Mr. Jeremiah Ostrem, Associate Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anderson Elementary School – 967-7494
Mr. Mel Hewitt, Principal, email@example.com
Mr. Kevin VanderLinden, Associate Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Polk County Sheriff Representatives
Deputy Brian Anderson, School Resource Officer, email@example.com
Sergeant Vikki Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lieutenant Brent Long, Polk County Sheriff’s, email@example.com
Mr. Chris Freese, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
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