Lonoke School District will be hosting a site for our local police and other law enforcement personnel to perform a practice drill at the high school Dec. 12, 2013, at 6 p.m. This is only a practice drill for law enforcement personnel. In the near future, local law enforcement personnel will also be providing training to school administrators and staff regarding safety and security in the event of an emergency or crisis.

We will do our best to keep the public informed of practices so as to not create alarm when you may witness many police and other emergency vehicles at the school campus. Drills and training are required for school personnel as well as for law enforcement personnel.

The Lonoke Public School District Task Force Team met Nov. 25 at the high school library. The goal of this team is to close the achievement gap for students. The team members reviewed the district strategic plan (located on district website) and set up a communication process for relaying information from the meetings to the public.

Brainstorming ideas were discussed that included working to prevent students from having to take remedial classes in college, advanced technology, increased vocational skills, and efforts to reduce drop-out rate. Minutes of the task force meetings will be placed on the district’s website for all community members to access, mentioned in the Superintendent’s Topic of the Week, and summarized at the monthly school board meeting.

The team also reviewed the district mission and vision statements. Sub-committees will meet in December or early January to review data collected from principal leaders and the Task Force Team members will meet again in January to share findings. Goals will also be set at the next meeting.