Bruce Frank of K12 Secure

LANCASTER —  Consultant Bruce Frank of K12 Secure started his document review of Antelope Valley Union High School District’s security-related policies and procedures last month.

Board President Robert “Bob” Davis, Vice President Victoria Ruffin and Clerk Amanda Parrell voted at the March 14 meeting to award Frank a $48,500 contract (down from an original $62,240 proposal) to conduct a gap analysis in regard to safety on District campuses.

Trustees Jill McGrady and John Rush voted no. Student trustee Noah Sveiven also voted no.

Frank, one of Davis’ former co-workers from the California Department of Cor­rections and Re­hab­il­i­ta­tion, is expected to start visiting campuses today to begin his “gap analysis.” His contract allows for the gap analysis to be completed prior to June 30.

As part of the process Frank sought to interview District employees. He asked District staff about conducting a survey. He requested the survey be accessible by students, parents, teachers, security staff and custodians.

Frank created a draft survey, a copy of which the Antelope Valley Press obtained, that was not sent out to staff, District officials said Wednesday.

The 10-question anonymous survey included questions such as, “The status of firearms in my home is…” with options “I have a gun(s) in my home, which is kept in a secure location at all times” or “I have a gun(s) in my home, which is kept in a secure location sometimes” or “I have a gun(s) in my home, which is not kept in a secure location” or “I do not have a gun(s) in my home” or “I do not know the status of guns or gun storage in my home.”

Frank also asked respondents whether they had received training on school safety or security issues in 27 areas, including bullying, sexual harassment, self-harm/suicidal behaviors, cyberbullying, cybersecurity, emergency operations and incident report writing.

In addition, the survey asked respondents whether they have observed school safety or security issues on campus such as bullying, medical crises, pandemic events, phone or mail threats, angry parents or custody disputes.

Another question asked respondents to answer within a range between strongly agree to strongly disagree on whether “Everyone’s racial and ethnic heritage is respected within our district.”

Another “range” question asked respondents to say whether the District has adequate resources to help students in crisis, including coordination with county support personnel.

Frank did not return a voicemail, nor respond to an email Wednesday seeking clarification about his survey.

“A number of the questions we felt were not appropriate for the scope of what he’s been contracted to do,” a  District official said Wednesday.

Frank’s contract calls for him to focus on school safety. Some of the survey questions were subjective in nature, the District official said.

Frank met with District staff Wednesday. They mutually agreed to review the District’s own school safety climate survey data. The District conducts the survey three times a year.

“This data is more appropriate and aligned for the scope of the work within the contract,” a District official said.

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