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Building manager says La Crosse schools have good safety practices



You know the expression “if you see something, say something.”  It’s advice to young people, as a way of preventing possible trouble, and the La Crosse School District promotes the idea. 

The district manager of buildings and grounds, Scott Johnson, encourages students to use an app known statewide as “speak up, speak out.”

“A lot of times, they’ll see something and go home, and be like, I just don’t know if I can say this or not,” Johnson tells reporters. “But with this anonymous reporting, they can send it to us, we get it…the SRO’s and law enforcement get it.”

Johnson also says school resource officers in La Crosse have been a good way of helping keep schools safe.  He spoke with reporters at a conference on school security, held at Central High.         

Schools in America tend to be much less open than they used to be decades ago, when school shootings and similar attacks were more rare. 

Johnson manages buildings and grounds in the La Crosse School District, and he says the local schools have a routine in place.

“We do background checks on all our volunteers,” he says. “They come to the main office, they’re checked in, they’re given a badge so that when they are in the hallway, they know that they’ve been checked in.”    

Two school buildings, Northside and Hamilton, begin their year-round class schedule on Thursday.  The rest of the La Crosse schools are scheduled to open September 1st.      

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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