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CCISD police chief assures school board students are safe as school is set to start

Kirby Warnke said the district is working hard to keep students safe
CCISD police chief talks to school board about campus safety
Posted at 9:13 PM, Aug 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-09 05:37:08-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — At Monday’s Corpus Christi Independent School District board meeting, CCISD police chief Kirby Warnke briefed board members on safety measures his department has implemented on campus.

“We are working hard to keep our campuses safe,” he said. “We have very safe schools, and we want to keep it that way.”

Warnke said Gov. Greg Abbott issued an extensive checklist of things he wanted school districts to do before the first day of classes, and he reported that CCISD completed that list.

“One of the most important ones is a physical check of every exterior lock in CCISD, which is a tall order because we have few,” he said.

He said work orders were placed for locks that had any issues, and the district will do weekly checks of every exterior lock.

“A shout-out to our director of facilities and operations, 'cause he has a bigger staff than I do,” Warnke said. “And so his team checked it out, and I created the form, and we had a check-and-balance.”

Warnke said they also did partial school safety audits, and planned all of the safety drills for the school year.