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Governor creates 'Center for Safer Schools'

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Gov. Pat McCrory announced the creation of the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools Tuesday, in the latest effort to improve school safety statewide.

The move comes after he instructed his new Secretary of Public Safety to come up with a plan, following the Connecticut school shooting late last year.

The announcement, which was made at a middle school in Apex, had McCrory joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos and Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan. Wos was there, as the Governor explained, mental health care will be a big part of the new initiative. 

Shanahan spent two months coming up with the center, which will be led by Kym Martin of Apex.

The administration was short of specifics and details on how the center will be effective, saying, a series of statewide forums need to be held before leaders nail down how this will work.

Those forums will take place sometime in April.

Officials say they could end up appointing liasons from each district to communicate with the Center on ways to improve security.

Other questions, such as the use of armed guards, or where funding will come from is still up in the air, dependent on what ideas come out of those forums.

The administration also said, legislation could come from those forums.

Secretary Shanahan cautioned, the administration does not want to make knee-jerk decisions on this topic, or just "throw money" at the problem without lots of discussion.

There are 115 superintendents in the state and 1.5 million students.

 

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