Ventura Unified School District Superintendent, David Creswell, speaks with Sandra Siepak about the Thomas Fire challenges and ongoing school safety concerns.

Creswell notes that Ventura schools were out for 5 weeks as a result of the Thomas Fire: 3 weeks for instruction and 2 weeks for winter break.

The school administration endeavored to serve a balance of needs expressed by parents who wanted to get their kids back in school as soon as possible and other parents who wanted to ensure the schools were settled and safe enough for their kids to return.

Creswell also discusses school safety, touching upon training, drills, school site-assessments and the costs of increased security.

Superintendent Creswell oversees 27 schools and in this discussion he also outlines his leadership style.


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Handling Crisis And Safety In The Ventura Unified School District

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