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Danny Aronsohn
The Laboratory Schools has hired a new director of safety and security. Michael McGehee began his new role on March 1.

The Laboratory Schools has hired a new director of safety and security. Michael McGehee began his new role on March 1. Mr. McGehee’s job includes working with community service officers, who secure entrances to the building as well as managing the Lab Safe app. 

Mr. McGehee is a 2002 U-High alumnus. Before joining the Laboratory Schools, Mr. McGehee worked as a police officer with Chicago Police Department, where he also was assigned as a community resource officer in Chicago Public Schools. From 2008–2017, Mr. McGehee was directly employed as an engagement manager with the Chicago Public Schools, according to an announcement to the school community on Feb. 20.  

Mr. McGehee said he is passionate about ensuring the building is safe not only during the school day, but for before- and afterschool programming. In the future, Mr. McGehee would like to fully staff the CSO team and continue to remind the community about best safety practices.

“I want to make sure we’re always keeping up with best practices around safety and security,” Mr. McGehee said. “It’s also important that we listen to our community and any feedback they might have to make sure that we’re providing the necessary resources to the Lab community.”

Mr. McGehee would like students to remember he always welcomes their feedback and concerns about campus security.

Mr. McGehee said, “One of the things I want to do is make sure the community knows I have an open door policy and that if they have any safety or security concerns, they can always reach out to me.”

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Victoria Washington
Victoria Washington, Opinion Editor
Victoria Washington is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as the Opinion Editor. She joined the journalism team in fall 2021 during her ninth grade year. Her favorite story she's written for the U-High Midway is “Artist raises $2,000 to restore Bronzeville mural.” She enjoys journalism because it provides an opportunity to communicate with others from different departments and see new perspectives. Aside from journalism, she enjoys historical fashion and watching documentaries. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Honorable mention, commentary writing 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, news writing
Danny Aronsohn
Danny Aronsohn, Photographer
Danny Aronsohn is a photographer and a member of the Class of 2026. His favorite part of photojournalism is taking photos of his friends in the Lab community. Outside of photojournalism, Danny enjoys playing soccer and is interested in producing beats on SoundCloud.  

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