Each school in USD 475 receives a spotlight week during the course of the first semester with some carry over in early second semester.
David Wild, Chief Operations Officer states, “the purpose of Spotlight Week is to ensure every school in the District has an opportunity to execute State required safety and security drills which are facilitated by District staff and community partners. The Friday capstone meeting includes a review and discussion of all logistical support elements.”
Garry Berges, Geary County Emergency Manager and his staff coupled with Junction City & Fort Riley police and fire departments participate in the drills in order to obtain an understanding of District protocols as well as make themselves familiar with school personnel and building layouts.
In addition to having opportunity to practice and learn from required drills, the building administrator(s) receives a functional area report on the status of Information Technology, Food service, Transportation, Energy Management as well as Maintenance and custodial support.
Eisenhower Elementary recently completed its spotlight week where Mrs Amy Roether serves as Principal. Roether had the opportunity to execute and observe staff performance of severe weather, fire, secure in place and violent intruder drills. Following each event, she met with District personnel, emergency responders as well as Dr Reginald Eggleston, Superintendent, Clark and Wild, to receive feedback and ask questions during the week.
“Spotlight week is a major planning and coordination effort of Mr Scott Clark, Director of Emergency Management. He does an exceptional job of establishing District procedures and we are fortunate to have him on staff with the District,” Wild concluded.