PRESS RELEASE: New Hope Christian School Takes Steps to Increase Safety and Security of Their Students.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 7, 2015
Contact: Mr. Ernie Stone, Administrator
Phone: (541) 476-4588
Address: 5961 New Hope Road, Grants Pass, OR 97527
Grants Pass, OR –
In the wake of local and national headlines describing active shooting tragedies on school campuses and elsewhere, New Hope Christian School has taken the commitment to protect their school community to the next level. On December 2, 2015, New Hope Administrator Ernie Stone officially notified school families and staff of the school board’s decision to contract the services of Concierge Watch to provide an on campus armed security presence.
The announcement on the school’s website and emailed to school families and staff read, in part:
“As you know from recent communications with our school board, we are taking our school security and student safety very seriously and have bumped it up to the next level. Beginning today, we have contracted with Concierge Watch, a very highly respected Christian agency in town, to provide a well-trained armed security guard on campus.”
Mr. Stone explained that even before the tragedy at Umpqua Community College, the New Hope school board had already been discussing solutions that could be implemented to help protect the students, school families, staff and campus. More recent events have served to affirm the priority of implementing a heightened security presence on campus.
“This is a commitment from and with our entire school family”, Stone explained. “Our school board has been discussing the idea for quite some time. As the concept began to take shape, one of the first things the board did was to reach out to all of the school families to get their feedback, answer questions and address concerns that could come with the decision. There have been several weeks of discussion regarding this solution. As the pieces came into place, and the comments from school families were received, we were certain that we were heading in the right direction.”
After the announcement was made public, Mr. Stone introduced the security guard to New Hope’s students. Stone commented, “We are taking every step possible to make sure our students know they are safe, understand who our security team is, and why school security has been ‘bumped up’ for their protection.”
Concierge Watch will be on campus before, during, and after school – both in the parking lot area when students are picked up and dropped off for classes, as well as patrolling the campus throughout the day. They will work in partnership with the school’s existing security team.
New Hope School Board Chairman, John Dennis, summarized the decision by saying, “We understand the concerns that families face as it relates to protecting their kids when they send them to school. Most of our board members have children or grandkids who attend New Hope. The UCC tragedy brings all of this that much closer to home and makes that concern that much more real. Our hope and intent is to create the safest environment possible for our students and staff. We want to continue to do everything we can to protect our kids and help give a measure of peace to the families who entrust their children to us each day.”
Founded in 1961, New Hope Christian School has over 50 years of service to the community. New Hope offers a traditional class schedule, from Junior Kindergarten (age 4) through grade 12, as well as a number of extracurricular programs. New Hope also offers classes in computers and technology, dual college credit classes, and practical life skill apprenticeships (both in house and in the community). Their tutoring/learning center is staffed to assist students on every level.
New Hope Christian School is fully accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), an accreditation division of AdvancEd (www.advanc-ed.org), a regional accrediting body for primary and secondary schools in the Northwest.
Mr. Stone and New Hope Christian School invite calls to the school at (541) 476-4588 or a visit to the school’s website at www.newhopechristian.net.