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Oklahoma City school district official calls for more security drills for students, staff

BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: January 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013

It's a challenge, said Phil Horning, vice chairman of the school board.

“I'm under the impression that many of our elementary schools aren't set up that way,” Horning said.

For some schools, the solution is structural changes, but all employees must be vigilant, Burkey said.

The district safety committee regularly reviews procedures and policies, such as fire prevention or tornado drills.

The group has been especially focused on physical safety in the past few weeks.

One of the committee's regular projects, for example, is to help ensure law officers have the most up-to-date school floor plans available, which can be challenging with so many MAPS construction projects across the district.

In other business

The school board rejected two charter school applications: Lighthouse of Hope Academy and Harper Academy. The applicants will have 30 days to make adjustments to their applications for the board to reconsider.

District 2 board member Gail Vines announced she will not seek re-election, though she did file for re-election. She said she supports her opponent, Justin Ellis.

Cyndy McKinney was appointed to serve as the interim director of enterprise services. She succeeds Marvin Massey, who retired.