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Message from the Superintendent


Posted Date: 05/31/2022

Message from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent

Uvalde School Shooting

Like all of you, I am saddened and sickened by the mass shooting that occurred in Uvalde.  The slaughter of innocent children and teachers is beyond horrific.  The fact that this continues to happen in schools throughout the country is simply unbelievable.  I do not know the answer to why.  I do not know the answer to what causes someone to target schools and school children.  I do know that Florence ISD will continue to look for better and better ways to protect our students and staff.  Like most other school districts, we have already put in place many measures to increase safety and security.  Since 2015, Florence ISD has added secure fencing, automated door locking systems, improved communication systems inside and outside our buildings to alert students and staff of potential danger, a school resource officer, secure entrances at each campus, camera systems covering inside and outside activities, threat assessment teams and training, background checks, employee badges for easy identification, additional outdoor lighting, and additional law enforcement presence by patrol and at events.  Immediately following the tragedy in Uvalde, I began meeting with members of my team to begin brainstorming ways in which we can improve or add to what we already have in place.  Additionally, I am meeting with law enforcement at both the city and county levels as part of our ongoing collaboration on school security.  I want to thank the Williamson County Sheriffs Department and the City of Florence Police Department for increased patrols and presence in and around our schools as we closed out the 2021-2022 school year. 

I pray that we in this country somehow find answers to how and why this continues to happen.  With that knowledge, we can address the issue at its root cause(s).  In the meantime, we must all work together to implement measures that will more effectively protect our students and staff.

 

Sincerely,

Paul Michalewicz

Superintendent of Schools, Florence ISD