VILONIA — The Vilonia Board of Education approved safety-related measures to be implemented next year on all of the district’s campuses.

During its Monday meeting, the board approved the school receiving the status as a private employer of safety guards. In addition, some employees will be provided professional training and new building safety plans will be updated. Discussing pending changes, Dr. Frank Mitchell, school superintendent, said it is a proactive measure that many schools are moving toward. The changes will allow a "safety guard" to be on each campus at all times. Also, school officials are exploring the expansion of some safety programs that are already in place and possibly launching new ones, Mitchell said, which involves parent participation.

"I think it is a positive thing," he said, addressing the board. To help in funding the plan, the school’s energy management position was also eliminated Monday night.