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How the state can help with school safety

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – While school boards across North Carolina consider what's next for security and safety in classrooms, one state leader says answers are on the way.

A Center for Safer Schools is the goal of numerous summits on school safety across the state, according to Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan. He said the information collected at events like the one in Wilmington in March will be used to lay the ground work for the center. 

He expects the development to be the primary source of information for school districts in need of answers about safety and school resource officers.

"All the different aspects of school safety will be housed in the Center for Safer Schools," he said.

Shanahan told sheriffs at their annual conference in Wrightsville Beach Tuesday morning that School Resource Officers are the way to go when it comes to student safety. He cited a bill moving through the General Assembly that would provide additional funding.

The 2013 School Safety Act would set up $10 million in grant money for schools to spend on SROs in elementary and middle schools. The State Board of Education would screen who receives what money.

The bill also calls for more money to pay for psychologists, guidance counselors and social workers. It passed its first reading in the Senate this month.

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