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Attorney General, Luther Strange, Names MVES as Leader in School Safety
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Attorney General names Alabaster's Meadow View Elementary a leader in school safety

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Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com By Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com
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on October 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM, updated October 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM

ALABASTER, Alabama -- As Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange spoke today about how Alabaster's Meadow View Elementary is a state leader for school safety, affixed to his suit jacket was a sticker with his photo and the word "visitor" at the top.

The sticker -- printed by Meadow View's front office with the online Raptor system that performs a background check on all visitors -- is a reason the institution is one of eight in the state that received the 2014 Award of Excellence from the Alabama Attorney General's Office.

"We look for innovative, creative ideas to keep kids safe," Strange said in an interview after the awards presentation this afternoon at the school.

Strange noted Meadow View's use of the Raptor system, security training involving school buses and other initiatives that make it a leader for school safety.

"We take the winners and things they have done and compile them in a manual" that is distributed to schools throughout the state, he said.

Meadow View, part of the Alabaster City School District, received the award for the Alabama State Board of Education's District 3 that includes all or parts of Shelby, Jefferson, Talladega, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, Bibb, Montgomery and Autauga counties.

There are eight districts in the state, with one school receiving the award in each.

"It's truly humbling for us because we know safety is our top priority," Meadow View Principal Rachea Simms said. The reason for the school getting the award is "we have several initiatives we have implemented in the last couple of years" focusing on safety improvements.

Among them are the Raptor system that runs a background check using national databases on visitors by scanning driver's licenses and a video-camera system that requires visitors to gain permission from front-office staff before entering the building....

 

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