County leaders prepare plan for school security - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

County leaders prepare plan for school security

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Leaders in New Hanover County are working on a comprehensive plan for school safety following a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children and several adults dead.

The Board of Education will hold a work session Wednesday night to discuss school safety. It's open to the public, and chairman Don Hayes said Tuesday that it's important for parents to know what procedures are in place to keep their children safe. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has shifted the focus of School Resource Officers from internal scuffles at schools to external threats.

"It really is a sad commentary on our society," he said.

Hayes expects the Chief of Wilmington Police and New Hanover County Sheriff to attend Wednesday's work session. Woody White, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, said Tuesday that he and county staff are committed to keeping county schools safe.

"There's no higher purpose of government than protecting its citizens from risks," said White.

Protection can cost money. White said he plans to work with the school system and sheriff's office on any requests for funding. He expects any money needed for the latter to come from a reassessment of the sheriff's own budget.

"We all agree that his number one priority is protecting children in public schools and protecting citizens in our community."

The meeting will be held in the New Hanover County Board of Education Center at 1805 S. 13th Street in Wilmington.

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