The Oregon Board of Education received phone calls from many parents on Friday afternoon expressing concern about safety at the district's seven buildings. Over the weekend Superintendent Dr. Michael Zalar had conversations with the Oregon Police Department and ultimately the decision was made to add additional police officers at each school. "Having an additional presence by the police both in and outside welcoming our students and parents back to school this morning would be a good way to establish that sense of security," Dr. Zalar said.
Oregon resident Vicki Jones who picked up two of her grandchildren at Fassett Middle School would like the extra police presence to be permanent. "It's long overdue, the safety of kids school is a big deal right now," Ms. Jones said.
Dr. Zalar said he would talk with Oregon Police to determine if the extra police would continue beyond Monday.