The county Board of Supervisors was told Tuesday by two local school superintendents that despite the school districts' best efforts, it is not possible to guarantee that safety problems such as shootings that have occurred at other schools will not happen here.
Central Union High School District Superintendent Richard Fragale and El Centro School District Superintendent Michael Klentschy appeared before the board by request of supervisors Chairman Tony Tirado in wake of a shooting incident at Santana High School in Santee where two students were killed and 13 students and staff were injured last week.
"We can assure parents that we're doing everything possible to protect their children," Fragale said. "To guarantee their children's safety, I don't think we can do it."
Fragale, who reported in place of county schools Superintendent John Anderson, said each school district has a crisis response team, action plans and that frequent workshops on how to deal with a variety of safety concerns are held. He also said that an increased presence of police officers on campuses has led to safer campuses.