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Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, center, and Sargent Chris Ross, right, and Los Alamos School Board member Stephen Boerigter listen to a comment from another board member during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members heard a presentation from LAPD regarding safety options within the school district.
Police recommend safety options to LAPS board

The Los Alamos School Board heard security recommendations from the Los Alamos Police Department during its monthly meeting Tuesday night, proposals the department feels can help make the district’s students, teachers and staff safer than what they may be now.

Chief Dino Sgambellone and Sgt. Chris Ross attended the meeting. They addressed the board before a presentation by Ross, and then answered questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

Ross began his presentation to the board by pointing out the fact that the last time a student was killed in a school fire was in 1858 when 92 students and three nuns died in a fire at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School in Chicago. The school apparently ignored a lot of the common practices at that time when it came to fire safety and what they were doing to prevent possible fires.

After that incident he explained that 16,500 school districts across the nation changed the way they do things where fire safety and prevention is concerned.

“That’s almost 70 percent within one year,” he said.

Ross then made the correlation that the same immediate action needs to be made where school shootings are concerned.