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McCrory announces center for safer schools; previews budget

Gov. Pat McCrory released a video Tuesday looking ahead to his first budget plan Gov. Pat McCrory released a video Tuesday looking ahead to his first budget plan

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Governor Pat McCrory on Tuesday released a teaser video previewing his first budget plan, which he will announce on Wednesday.

The video uses clips from past McCrory speeches and news coverage to look ahead to the budget plan, which the Governor will unveil Wednesday at 10:30am in the state House chamber.

Click here to see the entire video.

McCrory's budget will include funding for a new office he announced on Tuesday.  The North Carolina Center for Safer Schools will evaluate the best ways that North Carolina students and teachers can be protected, so school districts can respond to real and potential dangers.

McCrory visited an Apex school Tuesday to unveil the office, which will be housed in the Department of Public Safety. The Republican governor says government has a responsibility to ensure faculty and students are safe and parents have peace of mind when their children go to school.

"My top priority for public safety in North Carolina is to ensure our children are safe, especially in our schools," McCrory said in an email news release. "It is imperative that we prevent all forms of potential violence.  The Center for Safer Schools will develop a comprehensive strategy of best practices throughout the state and country to protect our children, teachers, school administrators and our communities."

Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan says the center will hold town hall meetings to get ideas. He says it also will examine mental health issues and what role guns could have in improving safety.

Copyright 2013 WECT. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report

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