RPS to hire vendor to audit school security - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

RPS to hire vendor to audit school security

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond school officials are taking action after NBC12 showed them video of a security breach at a Richmond school. We were first to air a clip of a man setting off a metal detector at Armstrong High School and never being stopped by a security guard.

Officials say they immediately made changes to address that breach, but apparently that wasn't enough. Monday night, the school board gave Richmond Public Schools permission to hire a vendor to do an audit not just of the security at Armstrong, but of every school in the entire district.

We've learned there was shock from School Board Chair Don Coleman as the new superintendent showed him the clip.

"He was disgusted and of course when he shared it with me, my response was 'wait a minute--what are we doing,'" Coleman recalled.

That's the question officials now want answered district-wide. After a conversation with school board members, the administration will put together a request for vendors to audit RPS security. The goal is to look at everything, including metal detectors, security guards, locks, lighting and training.

"Now with the new superintendent he really wants to make this a huge opportunity to really press into looking at the details and making sure we're doing what we need to do," Coleman said.

Some are still wondering how the district will pay for the audit in tight budget times. Coleman says funding to hire the vendor will most likely be included in both the budget being negotiated right now and the next spending plan.

"We want to do this well, get it done, get the protocols in place, get the audit done so that then we can be consistent in continuing just have good, secure schools," he added.

The process to hire a company to do this is quite lengthy. It might be two months before the request goes out to vendors.

 Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Friday, October 3 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-10-03 15:28:25 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 10:59 AM EDT2017-04-28 14:59:59 GMT

    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.

    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

  • Bicyclist identified in deadly Richmond crash

    Bicyclist identified in deadly Richmond crash

    Saturday, April 29 2017 4:31 PM EDT2017-04-29 20:31:14 GMT

    Police say a man has died, after being struck by a car, while he was riding a bicycle in Richmond's southside. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Hopkins Road. Officers say when they arrived at the scene, the bicyclist was already dead. We're still working to learn if the driver is facing any charges. Stay with NBC 12 for updates. Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12

    Police say a man has died, after being struck by a car, while he was riding a bicycle in Richmond's southside. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Hopkins Road. Officers say when they arrived at the scene, the bicyclist was already dead. We're still working to learn if the driver is facing any charges. Stay with NBC 12 for updates. Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12

Powered by Frankly