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"We will be a school/district with an unrelenting focus on learning. All students are expected to succeed; failure is not an option."
Ashdown Schools has completed the installation of security access controls to all of the front entrances of its six student-housed campuses. This includes Margaret Daniel Primary School, C. D. Franks Elementary School, L. F. Henderson Intermediate School, Ashdown Junior High School, Ashdown New Tradition School, and Ashdown High School.
"When I was hired as Superintendent of Ashdown Schools," states Jason Sanders, "school security was one of the first areas that our school board stressed upon me." Since those discussions, the school has purchased and installed magnetic locking systems, which gives the district security team the ability to control access to the main entrances of all campuses at all times.
"We feel that we have a safe school environment," continues Superintendent Sanders, "but this system just allows us to improve upon that."
To enter a school building in the Ashdown district, visitors will have to push a button located outside the front entrance of the main building of the campus and wait for a receptionist, who can view the visitor on a camera, to release the lock for entry.
"We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause," says Sanders, "but it is for the safety of our students."
The campus electronic access system was purchased and installed by KLC Video Security of Texarkana, Texas, a certified integrator of Video Insights IP Surveillance Systems.
It will be a much happier Christmas for 136 children from sixth grade and under in the Ashdown School District, thanks to the district's "Secret Santa" program. Secret Santas through the joint efforts of Domtar, Ashdown School student groups and social clubs, civic organizations, church groups, individual community members, and school district personnel stepped forward in a big way to assist families in need by providing Christmas gifts to dozens of children who may get very few or no gifts during the Christmas holiday.
The Ashdown School District “Secret Santa “program, under the leadership of School District Homeless Liaison Kim Befeld, collaborates with the Wilma Gentry Angel Program & Shop with a Cop Program to bring the total number of children receiving help with holiday gifts to 309 for Little River County.