AZTEC — Mike Fauteaux believes everyone is skirting the real school security issues, which his new company will tackle through a cooperative venture with the Aztec School District.

"It concerns me that every time I go to a school, I can just walk in," Fauteaux said. "We have day cares in Farmington that have better security than any (San Juan County) school."

It was Fauteaux's concern that led to the formation of School Security Consultants Inc., along with Todd Charles and Brent Byrum. All three men were former or retired employees of the Aztec Police Department.

Both Byrum and Charles have grandchildren in the school district and Fauteaux's wife Audrey teaches at McCoy Elementary.

Fauteaux gave a presentation to the Board of Education last week on the pilot venture between their company and the school district, where School Security Consultants Inc. will provide a free school security assessment.

Superintendent Kirk Carpenter said the company approached him about wanting to work with the school district on a mutually beneficial partnership.

"They care about school safety and the community," Carpenter said. "We feel like we have good policies and practices in place. They'll be coming in and doing a safety audit."

An important area of focus for Fauteaux is looking at how schools keep out people who don't belong there.

"Schools are made to be secure and need to have control over who comes into the school," Fauteaux said. "The possibility of someone walking in with an AR-15 (semi-automatic rifle) becomes very unlikely."

With talk focused on potentially arming teachers and increasing the amount of school resource officers, Fauteaux said he believes such changes are only reactive and not proactive to deter unwanted visitors.

"When you arm your teachers and you expect them to be between the active shooter and their students, that is not a first line of defense," Fauteaux said. "That is a last measure, this is the last thing you could possibility ask them to do."

Titled "Perimeter to Policy," the consultants will focus on analyzing entrances onto the school campus and buildings with recommendations on how to funnel visitors to the main entryway for potential screening,

One area that troubles Fauteaux is the inability of some intercom systems in schools to broadcast from classrooms in case tragedy strikes those in charge.

"You can't have a lock-down procedure if everyone in the office is dead," Fauteaux said. "What good is a system that doesn't work."

Carpenter said since the school district is working with the company to initiate the program, the need for board member approval was not necessary and is not a contract the school district needed to open up to outside bidders.

"As we start down this road, it's kind of a joint venture," Carpenter said. "They will inform us and we'll inform them. It's not something we have to pay for and something we can benefit from or we can reaffirm what we are doing."

During the school board meeting, Vice President Roger Collins asked what allows the company to asses and make recommendations based on having only visited the Aztec school district.

"Because of our law enforcement background, we see things differently than most people do," Fauteaux said. "We just feel like we have the knowledge and ability. We're going to show you what is the best thing you can do to make your school safe."

Joshua Kellogg may be reached at jkellogg@daily-times.com; 564-4627. Follow him on Twitter @jkelloggdt