O'Fallon Progress

Safety of students, staff top priority for O’Fallon District 90

Carrie Hruby is the O’Fallon Consolidated School District 90 superintendent.
Carrie Hruby is the O’Fallon Consolidated School District 90 superintendent.

The safety of students and staff is a top priority for area school districts. We employ a variety of security measures and safety protocols daily and ask that you help us in our efforts to ensure safe learning environments.

▪  Please avoid using a cell phone in school zones. Cell phone use is prohibited by law.

▪  It is illegal to pass a bus when the stop arm is extended, even in a parking lot. Flashing lights and a stop arm are signals that students are exiting the bus. Please be patient and wait for them to exit the area safely.

▪  When dropping off children at school in the morning, please remain in your car and ask children to promptly but cautiously exit from the car door nearest the school. This moves the line along more efficiently and parents then avoid pulling around one another, which is a safety risk for children still exiting cars. If you need to help your child into school, or want to say goodbye, please park your car in the parking lot rather than using the drop off lanes.

Increased security in District 90

At their August meeting, the District 90 Board of Education approved the addition of a director of safety and security position. The 210-day position will be funded through the Tort Fund, which is a restricted fund that may only be used for risk management purposes. We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Berry has accepted the position and will become the District 90 director of safety and security. For 28 years, Captain Berry has provided excellent service to the community as part of the O’Fallon Police Department. He will retire from the department to join the District 90 team this fall. Mr. Berry possesses an extensive knowledge of public safety, tactical training, law enforcement principles, investigative research and techniques, and regulatory compliance. His comprehensive career in law enforcement makes him the ideal candidate for this position.

As the District 90 director of safety and security, Mr. Berry will update policies and procedures. He will provide vision and oversight of emergency crisis planning and building security matters. Mr. Berry will provide training for school personnel in handling crisis situations, including coordination of local authorities’ involvement in mandated drills. He will also serve as a liaison between the district and local law enforcement agencies and direct staff in best practices of safety and security.

Continued improvement

Should the county voters agree to a 1 percent sales tax for school facilities, District 90 would use 30-40 percent of the funds to improve security measures. Improvements to the entryways, increased surveillance cameras, and card swipe entry systems would all be prioritized and improved. (The remaining 60-70 percent of District 90’s portion of the funds collected from sales across the county would be used to abate current debt and reduce the Bond and Interest levy rate of property taxes).

The safety of our students and staff is a priority. We look forward to the addition of the director of safety and security position and Mr. Berry’s service to District 90. Thank you to our community members for your help in addressing safety issues in school zones and bus stops.