Buncombe County considers new school safety measures

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article:

The Buncombe County Board of Education heard a series of proposals Thursday night to make schools safer, including the addition of seven school resource officers to cover elementary schools throughout the system.

With input from experts including Buncombe County Sherriff Van Duncan, Superintendent Tony Baldwin and representatives from the Western Highlands Network, the school system’s safe schools task force has been working for months to address safety concerns following the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in December.

County school resource officer supervisor Lt. Mike Ruby recommended seven additional school resource officers, one for each school district’s elementary schools and one for Community High School, which does not have its own SRO. …

The recommendations also included adding more cameras in school hallways and facilitating an annual “safe schools assessment retreat” for administrators. County schools are already in the process of adding video-entry systems to elementary and intermediate schools, as well as Community High.

The board has no set date to take action on the recommendations.


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