GHS maintains streak of safety awards

Published 6:09 pm Tuesday, September 15, 2009

And the winning streak continues at Greenville High School.

The school garnered its fifth Safe School Award of Excellence in a row from the Attorney General’s office, an accomplishment unmatched by any other school in the state, said Attorney General Troy King.

King was on hand Monday afternoon to present the Special Sustained Performance Award of Excellence to assistant principals Ward Thigpen and Curtis Black at a school-wide assembly.

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Superintendent Mike Looney commended the students for being “diligent, watchful and caring about what you do in school.”

“The recent anniversary of September 11 and that terrible loss of lives highlights the importance of being vigilant and being aware . . . and we have to remain focused and vigilant,” Looney said.

King said the school’s unprecedented winning streak “didn’t happen by accident.”

“A school doesn’t become a Safe School without a lot of work going into it. It takes state, county and city officials, law enforcement and first responders all partnering together with the schools,” King said.

“There is no way we can keep anything bad from ever happening. But we know if it does here at Greenville High, there is a plan and a procedure in place . . . your teachers and administrators will all know what to do.”

GHS principal Dr. Charles Farmer, who was unable to attend the program due to illness, said, “It is a true testament to the diligence of Lt. Malcolm Owens, our School Resource Officer, that we have received this award yet again. It is a goal of our faculty and staff to ensure a safe learning environment for our students. We’re proud we have a suitable plan in place that helps us work towards this goal every day.”

Both Owens and Corporal Russell Davis received plaques of appreciation for their part in making GHS a Safe School winner.

The AG’s office has sponsored the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative for the past nine years. Working with the Alabama Departments of Public Safety and Education, the ASSI works to provide public and private schools with the resources to help them create a team of community resources and expertise to assist in school safety efforts. ALFA and the Alabama Farmers Federation have provided funding for the Awards of Excellence since its beginning. Greenville High School was one of only 11 schools across the state that received a School Safety award.