Schools of the future built on lessons from campus shootings

Excerpt from CBS DFW

Law enforcement and architects are teaming up to alter school building designs to enhance safety.

It’s an unlikely alliance to make schools safer.

Architect Ian Powell, a partner at PBK Architects, has been building schools for 25 years. His goal is to build safe schools where learning thrives.

“It’s always on our minds to do a better job for safety and security,” he told CBS 11 I-Team reporter Ginger Allen. “But events recently have changed the intensity and urgency of the conversation.”

Those events – the two big school shootings in 2018 – have changed the conversation in the country. After the shooting at Parkland, Florida in February and then in Santa Fe, Texas in May, lawmakers, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, said more needs to be done.

“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward and retrofitting schools that are already built,” he said at a press conference on the day of the Santa Fe shooting.

This new school year starts with a renewed determination to make safer schools.

“The harder we can make that person to get into the schools the easier we can make to the law enforcement to capture that person,” said Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller. He, along with other school chiefs, were present the first meeting of the newly formed Texas School Safety and Security Council. Its members include the architects who build and the police who protect.

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