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Keeping the Highland schools a little safer

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Photo/Tammy Curtis Mike Baldwin, Highland High School's new resource officer.
The 2009-10 school year is bringing a new face to the campus of Highland High School. Mike Baldwin is the school's new resource officer and will be a daily presence at the school as a deterrent against many things that are against school policy including, thefts, vandalism, drug use, fights and problems with parking.

Highland Superintendent Ronnie Brogdon said the district hired Baldwin when former assistant principal Mickey Oliver retired. Since the school already has Clint Shackleford as an assistant principal, the school board opted to hire Baldwin as a resource officer in place of a second assistant principal. Brogdon said Baldwin is very personable and the school is very glad to have him. He said he will work great with the students and faculty of Highland High School.

Baldwin and his wife Kristi have four children, three of who attend school in the Highland School District. He says his employment with the school district is a collaborative cooperation with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department and Highland School District.

Baldwin, has 12 years law enforcement experience, including contract work as a security officer. He said his main focus is the safety of the students and staff. Part of Baldwin's responsibilities include watching for people who are not supposed to be on campus. He is also trained extensively in the detection of drug use. Baldwin will perform routine walking patrols of the school several times a day. Baldwin says his presence coupled with the surveillance cameras should make the school even safer.

Baldwin said he has several ideas to help the school become safer including the possibility of an updated random drug testing procedure that would include all students, not just those involved in extracurricular activities. He said he is also looking into getting K-9 drug dogs to come assist with checks of the lockers and parking lot for drugs.

Baldwin said this is, "A perfect opportunity for me and the community. I am so excited about the job, not only for myself but also for the staff, administration, students and community." He said his law enforcement experiences, personality, public relations skills, as well as his people skills will lend to his success in this position. He welcomes input from the community and is available for conferences as needed at his office at the Highland High School.

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I think this is a Good thing. Hope it works so well they keep him a long time.

-- Posted by okiedokie on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 11:21 AM

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