SWAN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Marvin L. Johnson Administration Center
8380 O’HERN ROAD
SAGINAW, MI 48609-5199
AMY L. DWYER, President
JAMES D. STEVENSON, Vice-President
CHARLEEN K. BOLAND, Secretary
THOMAS R. CHISHOLM, Treasurer
PEGGY A. DARLING, Trustee
ALAN D. STROEBEL, Trustee
DAVID P. MOORE, Superintendent
ANN MESSING, Director of Finance
JIM DOYLE, Director of Maintenance & Transportation
ROBERT O. WILLIAMSON, Trustee
Phone (989) 921-3701
Fax (989) 921-3705
December 17, 2012
We are all saddened by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut this past Friday. While continuing to
provide an outstanding educational experience, know that providing safety for our children is the most
important thing that we do.
The purpose of this memo is to communicate with you what we do each year within the district to
provide a safe environment for students.
First, we are involved with the Critical Incident Management Program that has been in place in the
county for the past 11 years. Our Critical Incident Manager is Tom Mynsberge who is a 20 year retired
state policeman with experience as a SWAT team member.
Each school each year, our administrative staff meets with Tom Mynsberge to review our current
procedures regarding bomb threats, violence response, securing buildings against outside threats, and
After meeting with administrators within the first few months of school, Tom meets with each building
level staff to review their building procedures.
Throughout the school year, there are many other things that we do to try to secure our facility. First,
while exterior doors are open before the school day begins, there is only one main entry point to the
school during the school day. Teachers in each building also are very visible before school, between
classes, and after school by being in the hallways. Classroom interior doors are locked in each building.
This week, principals will be reviewing current procedures with our staff. In addition, while we may not
directly address the tragedy, particularly with younger children, we will review our safety procedures.
We truly believe that our Critical Incident Management Program is one of the best in security and
response in the nation.
While our prayers are with the families in Newtown, we must also focus on what we can do to prevent
such a tragedy from happening at Swan Valley.