The policy authorizes the district to use walk-through or hand-held metal detectors at any activity in the district.

With the purchase of six new metal-detecting wands for district schools and events on school property, the Hannibal School District #60 Board of Education must institute a new metal detector policy.

A draft of the policy was presented to board members at their Wednesday, May 16, meeting.

The policy authorizes the district to use walk-through or hand-held metal detectors at any activity in the district. The policy also dictates that use of the devices may be daily, regular, or randomized.

Police will be notified immediately in the event a person is found to have in their possession any item that poses a threat to the security of students, teachers, visitors, or other personnel. Additionally, people denying a metal detector screening would be denied admittance to a district facility according to the draft policy.

The board took no action on the proposed policy on Wednesday.

It is expected the issue will return for the board's June meeting.

In other business:

• The board accepted a bid of $200,000 for the Hannibal Career and Technical Center's Building Trades home.

• First graders from Mark Twain Elementary school demonstrated how robotics and coding are used in the classroom.

• Parents as Teachers director Whitney Holliday led a presentation on the program.

• Outstanding substitute teachers were recognized by Kelly Services, the district's outside manager of substitutes. Karen Wetton and Brandon Edison were recognized as the fall and spring recipients, while the family of the late Harvey Kemp were recognized for Kemp's longtime contribution to the district as a patron, volunteer, and substitute.

• Assistant Superintendent Darin Powell discussed the upcoming summer school session. More than 900 students are expected to participate.

• Business Manager Rich Stilley discussed summer projects for the district, including adding a sidewalk on the east side of the middle school, adding a right turn lane onto Palmyra Road from the middle school, adding crosswalks on Pirate Pride Drive, improving entry point security at the high school, middle school, and HCTC, and adding a fence at the Stowell Elementary playground.

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