Nabors retires as middle school principal; MG board examines school safety issues
By Taylor Kaser
The retirement of Middle School Principal Rick Nabors was approved by the board at their regular January meeting.
After serving as the school’s principal for five years, the board “regretfully” approved the motion to accept his retirement at the end of this school year.
“I don’t want to do this.” Board member Virgil Staley said of the motions passing, a sentiment that was carried by the entire board. President Jeff Sweeney thanked Nabors for his work and achievements as principal. (See article on page 3.)
Safety within the school was also heavily considered. “We need to make sure we’re doing everything we can,” emphasized Sweeney, “but it’s never enough.” He noted that many schools in the past have believed that their safety arrangements were enough, but Sweeney noted that it can always be improved upon.
Superintendent Jeff Thompson explained that he’s recently met with school administrators to review the school’s safety plans and each buildings security.
“As a district we’re being very proactive in trying to improve,” said Thompson, ”you can never be prepared enough. We’re constantly reviewing and looking at the plans we have in place.”
Part of the districts proactive measures in tightening up on security is making sure that entrances to schools are well monitored, including the area surrounding the schools, and keeping entrances secured.
Community support and help are also key, explained Thompson. If someone knows or hears about something, it is imperative that they report it, he said. Being vigilant as a district and a community are important factors.
With the goal of always trying to improve safety, the district plans on consulting an outside security firm as well.
The district’s principals have already done a lot in the way of planning and preparing for emergency situations, said Thompson. The schools have practiced lock downs and have also consulted local law authorities on ways to improve and prepare.
Safety is certainly not something that the district is taking lightly, and they are actively pursuing numerous avenues to improve the safety and preparedness in each school.
Also approved at the meeting was a five year contract with Slam Dunk, LLC for the purpose of acquiring a new scoreboard for the football field.
Slam Dunk will assume the responsibility of selling advertising on the bottom section of the board to pay for the new daktronic board. The board, which will include a play clock, is estimated to cost around $45,000.
Sweeney noted that some other surrounding schools have successfully employed this method to attain a new board, and that the boards are of good quality. By themselves, the district cannot afford to replace the board and because of its age, repairing the board is also out the question. He noted that this is the district’s best chance of replacing the board.
The board also approved Cheryl Hagerty to serve on the Tomorrow Center’s Board of Directors.
The Mt. Gilead BOE will next meet February 19 at 7 p.m. at the administrative building on Cherry St.