Fisher reviewing procedures in wake of Connecticut shootings

Fisher reviewing procedures in wake of Connecticut shootings

FISHER — Superintendent Barb Thompson told a concerned parent who questioned school safety in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings that the district is reviewing its procedures.

He was concerned about Fisher's rural location and small police department.

"We're trained, we're evaluating, we'd look to the county and to Rantoul to help," Thompson said at Monday's Fisher school board meeting.

"We don't know that we could ever be completely prepared, but we'd try to protect the students the best we could," Thompson said. "Teaching is not a job for the faint of heart. In 20 years (in education), in every job I've worked in, the people (custodians, other workers, too) would have done what that staff did." Thompson was referring to the stories of heroism coming from Newtown, Conn.

Also Monday, the board passed its property tax levy. Because tax caps are in effect in Champaign County the percent increase over last year is limited to the increase in the consumer price index which is 3 percent. The district hopes to bring in $3.4 million.