News & Updates
School shootings are on our minds due to recent headlines, but we often assume these will occur elsewhere–Florida, Colorado, Virginia. It is too close to home when the headline reads “…Hostage Situation at Riverside School Ends in Deadly Shooting.” While the situation was horrific and ended with the police shooting the suspect, there were some lessons to be learned and some positive outcomes with minimal staff injuries and all students were kept safe.
This incident occurred this past Halloween to one of our ASCIP “family”. While Castle View Elementary School had a single point of entry and visitor protocols in place, an agitated parent ignored those and barged in, punching a school volunteer who attempted to intervene. The parent then grabbed a teacher holding her hostage in an empty classroom.
We tipped our hats to honor our members who, as Fritz Heirich, ASCIP’s CEO pointed out, joined together for insurance – to “create scale, improve quality, and reduce costs.” The result is rate stability and a strong financial position. A copy of ASCIP’s current Annual Report was provided showing a Net Position of $194 M. This means that members are assured increased services, continued stable rates and the security of funds being there when the unfortunate bad thing occurs. All were inspired to review the Annual Report to learn more about ASCIP in two activities. The winners were John Ziegenhohn from West Covina USD for “Getting to Know the ASCIP Team” and Anita Robledo from Garvey SD for “Can You Find It?”
2017 was certainly “a year to remember” for bad things happening with record losses nationally – hurricanes, floods, wildfires. However,