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Lumberton ISD 2nd safety and security town hall focused on students' well-being, academic achievements

The first town hall in September 2022 focused more on physical security and safety measures. On Monday, officials talked behavioral measures to protect students.

LUMBERTON, Texas — Parents and Lumberton Independent School District officials met for a town hall on Monday to talk safety in the district.

On the agenda were subjects like threat assessment, bullying and fentanyl. 

The first town hall back in September 2022 focused more on physical security and safety measures.

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Monday's meeting focused more on the well-being and academic achievements of students. 

Lumberton ISD Superintendent Tony Tipton says the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde kick-started this pair of safety and security town halls.

"We had a lot of questions and we made a ton of progress with our school safety program. We continued to implement what we call dozens and dozens of counter measures," Tipton said. 

These measures include numbering doors and partnering with local law enforcement and other agencies, like Crimestoppers. 

"We've also implemented a brand new radio system that we have throughout the district where we have our own frequency, our own 800 frequency from the county," Tipton said. "So we're able to communicate much more quickly with each other." 

The approach now is more holistic as teachers and administrators talked behavioral measures to help protect students.

The topics ranged from bullying and discipline, to the dangers of fentanyl and the wonders of Narcan. 

For those who couldn't make the town hall, the materials will be emailed to all parents.

Lumberton ISD is organizing a school safety and security summit in June. 

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