PLANNING FOR THE WORST: Smith Green grateful for forethought

CHURUBUSCO ­— Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees expressed concern for school safety in light of the Newtown attacks. Matt Widenhoefer, Churubusco Junior-Senior High School assistant principal, expressed sorrow and empathy for the families, students and teachers affected by the recent school shooting in Newtown last week. Although administrators and board members discussed the increasing need for security and school safety, there was an air of relief for the measures already in place on campus. The board was informed of the ongoing awareness, review of security measures and emergency procedures in light of the tragedy. Staff meetings have been held, and SGCS also aims to educate their substitute teachers so they are equally prepared in an emergency. New crisis plans have been in place since the beginning of the school year, and a full-time safety resource officer, Chad Fulkerson, protects the school daily. His police car is parked outside the school in plain sight, and he carries a gun. For a more in depth look at this story, see the Dec. 20 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.