With the recent rash of violence afflicting Clay Community Schools, The Brazil Times has elected to further examine safety issues within the corporation.
Times' staff reporter Melinda Quasius approached me recently, wondering if examining the situation further would be a great idea.
There were both good and bad elements regarding this decision.
For one, no one likes to discuss the shortcomings of anything.
However, the other side of this is these safety issues have been brought to the forefront.
Nearly two months ago, there was a shooting incident at Van Buren Elementary School.
Just last week, there was a bomb threat called in at Northview High School, the third in less than two years.
But, Melinda and I both felt that researching safety issues involving the corporation was something that should be looked into.
Melinda formed a strategy on how to tackle the sensitive issue and we have decided to move forward.
Through her strategy, she will examine the needs of the corporation. Her first article has already appeared in The Times. It regarded the history of safety issues within the corporation.
There are three other angles Melinda intends to focus on.
She is looking into what needs to be done, where she hopes to learn different points of view from outside of the corporation.
She also intends on looking into the cost of the issues, or where the corporation can get the necessary funds to improve safety.
Finally, Melinda will look into the rolls of corporation administration, law enforcement and the community and what each can do to help.
In her latest blog, Melinda discusses her strategy and what she hopes to discover.
She also states she does not want this to turn into a "blame game,"?or a piece of sensation.
The Brazil Times will not sensationalize this issue. That is simply not "real" news.
Having a safe corporation must be a top priority, not only for the school itself, but for the community.
It is important to have a safe school corporation, one that parents are proud to send their children to.
Those children deserve to have a safe, friendly atmosphere where they can further their knowledge in life. Where they can learn safe.
And The Brazil Times hopes to learn just as much as the community does regarding these issues, what the corporation can do to improve in this delicate area.