In response to the reader forum letter on March 29, 2018, “Secure Schools” — there are security issues in every school. There are ways to defeat anything that is made given the mentality of some people.

Just look what we have made out of the Internet and social media, ways to slander and bully people without having to look them in the eye, ways to steal from them without even knowing them, etc.

It is unfortunate the direction our morals are headed as a society. We took God out of the schools and government buildings, someone else is responsible not ourselves when things go wrong, and family does not mean what it used to mean.

I was one of the committee members that worked to put together the bond for 287. We were all volunteers and we were given responses from other patrons of our district from surveys that were taken from community meetings as a guideline. One of those was the safety of the students.

We have proposed changes to the schools that will make them safer. Storm shelters for each campus, enclosed walkways that connect buildings, VoAg shop on campus so students don’t have to cross K-68, new woodshop so students aren’t so crowded, better alarm systems for fire and tornado incidents, and a track that is not like running on the county roads (no, not the paved ones).

With these changes to the facilities, we will be able to lock down the doors on the Pomona campus as the students then can change classes, and go to lunch without going outside. I also checked on bullet proof glass, I was told that the county pays around $300 for an approximately 1 foot square window. This would be an astronomical expense. There is also the issue of having to enter in case of a fire and the windows can’t be broken.

I don’t believe that we can 100 percent guarantee absolute safety anywhere. With the passing of the bond issue I feel that we are closer to the safety we want on our campuses. If we all vote no, then none of the issues that face us in our schools can be addressed. Because of the amount of money in the budget, in my opinion, we all lose.

The students are the future for all of us. I believe that everyone on the committee had the interest of our students and our district at heart, while trying to be financially responsible to our taxpayers. I believe that our teachers and our administration have the best interest of our children in mind, and that a “yes” vote on the bond issue is a vote for the future of our children, and for USD 287.

Jerry Engel

Pomona