“I felt it needed to be a higher priority because the environment we need to provide for teachers, students and patrons is more comprehensive than just the buildings we use,” Lopez said.
McKinley, 57, who lives in Edmond, will begin his new role Monday. In addition to safety and security, he will oversee recruitment and retention of all district personnel, including teachers. He will be paid $128,000.
“Whenever parents send their kids off to school they shouldn't have to sit home all day and worry about the safety and security of their children,” McKinley said Tuesday. “(Teachers) also should not have any fear of going to work for their own safety and security.”