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New Safety Measures Protect Students At DES

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – New safety procedures are in effect at Davidson Elementary School that includes a security window and safety doors.
Superintendent Kim Chrestman told school board trustees at their meeting Monday night that DES officials had received a lot of positive feedback from parents and community members about the procedures.
“Parents must present identification and leave it at the front desk in order to enter the hallways of DES,” he said. “They are also greeted at the new security window where most school business is transacted during the day.”
In addition to the safety doors and check-in window, Chrestman added, deputies from the sheriff’s department make routine walkthroughs in the building.
Among other items presented during the superintendent’s report, Chrestman said:
• The Water Valley Main Street Association will host the opening home game Pep Rally for the game against the the Coffeeville Pirates.  The downtown Pep Rally at the Railroad Park pavilion is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 29.  
• The Blue Devils will take on New Albany there this Friday evening and the junior high Devils will open their season this Saturday at Ole Miss and have their first regular season game at Coffeeville next Tuesday, August 27.
• Volleyball season began Monday night as the Lady Blue Devils traveled to Belmont to take on the Lady Cardinals in both JV and Varsity action
• Boy Scouts International will be on the WVHS campus this week exploring the possibility of beginning a Boy Scout Troop in our community.  “An interest meeting will be held on Wednesday,” Chrestman added. “And, we welcome this organization’s efforts to provide this opportunity for boys in the community.”
• The Sylva Rena Baptist Church Woman’s Missionary Unit brought refreshments for the teachers at DES and WVHS today, Monday, Aug. 19.  “This is an annual event of appreciation from the Sylva Rena Church,” he said. “The faculty and staff really appreciate the food and goodwill from this community.”

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