Evanston Township High School will hire an independent consultant to “conduct a comprehensive security review and analysis” over the winter and spring.

The action comes following a frightening incident in December, where two guns were discovered in school, and the building was locked down for several hours. Three students were arrested.

Following that incident, a parents group, “Evanston for Safe Schools,” as formed, and is calling for installation of metal detectors at ETHS.

According to a statement from the school on Friday, the District 202 Board of Education will vote Feb. 7 to hire consultant Paul Timm, of Facility Engineering Associates.

ETHS says the assessment will “be used to develope a unique plan based on the needs and priorities of ETHS.”

The consultant will review such things as facilities and emergency response plans, and will then “make recommendations about the ways that ETHS can deter, detect, delay, and respond to crisis situations through a systems level approach.”

ETHS says the district did have internal security reviews following the Dec. 16 gun incident, and continues to work with the Evanston Police Department on student and staff safety.

“The independent analysis,” the school says, “is designed to strengthen, enhance, and further prioritize safety for the high school’s 65-acre campus.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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