Redland Elementary School second grade teacher Nacole Baxley, center, talks to students Rachel Payne and Evie Moore about their likes and dislikes during the first day of school Monday morning. Photo by Kevin Taylor
Redland Elementary School second grade teacher Nacole Baxley, center, talks to students Rachel Payne and Evie Moore about their likes and dislikes during the first day of school Monday morning. Photo by Kevin Taylor

Redland Elementary earns safety award

Published 3:49pm Thursday, August 22, 2013

Redland Elementary School principal Dan Aude takes pride in thinking two steps ahead.
When Aude was named the school’s first principal five years ago, he was the first to jump at having QUICK ACCESS installed.
The web-based program scans a driver’s license to see if anyone with outstanding warrants or any notifications of child predators are trying to gain access to the school.
Two years ago, Redland was awarded the Region 3 Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative.
The initiative was reinstituted by Attorney General Luther Strange, and for the second time in three years RES was announced as the Region 3 winner.
“In this climate in terms of safety of our students, this is a big deal for us,” Aude said. “We are doing the best we can to ensure our students and faculty are safe.”
This year’s initiative placed the emphasis on encouraging technological advances to deal with the challenges experienced by today’s schools and students.
Redland was among the first schools in the state to have QUICK ACCESS installed.
“Ensuring safe schools for our students has never been more important,” said Strange in a recent press release. “Special emphasis is being placed on the use of technology to ensure that our schools are safe. Every school who submitted a nomination will receive feedback from our panel of judges on how to enhance their school safety plan.”
The attorney general’s office received recommendation letters from District Attorney Randall Houston as well as Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.
Ironically, two weeks before the award was announced Franklin as well as members of the Elmore County Board of Education did a safety sweep of Redland.
“We had the SWAT team do a mock drill here and go through the school,” Aude added.
Redland was among eight schools in the state which were announced as award winners.
“This is another level of protection for our kids, and we’re just one of several in this county who could be recognized for their efforts when it comes to safety,” Aude added.

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