The Oklahoma City school district is safer today than it was eight months ago, when Rod McKinley was brought in to get a handle on school violence.
“Yes. No question,” said McKinley, Oklahoma City Public Schools chief human resources officer. “I know that we are safer because of the policies that we’re putting in place, because of the personnel we have in place, because of our personnel actually going to the schools and finding out where the problems are, so, yes, we are positively more safe and secure than where we were.”
Since coming on board in November, McKinley has spearheaded a series of changes to improve safety and security, including a move to put police officers on elementary school campuses beginning next month.
Late last month he hired retired Air Force investigator Tim Coleman to oversee district security and former Nichols Hill police officer Josh Landers to head internal investigations for the district.
“Everything we’re doing has to come back and relate directly to the classroom, that’s why were here,” McKinley said.
Before Coleman and Landers, the district had one person in charge of both functions, which was problematic, McKinley said.
“We now have somebody who is actually trained to be able to go out and do a quality investigation,” he said. “Before we’d just have to pick a staff member and say ‘go out and do this investigation.’ And they’re not trained.”