Pulaski task force to evaluate county schools’ safety
Pulaski County school officials last week announced that an expanded task force will evaluate school safety and recommend improvements.
The move isn’t in response to last month’s shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., schools Superintendent Thomas Brewster said Thursday.
“This is an existing task force” that has operated under a $160,000 federal justice department grant for the past two years, Brewster said.
The task force has helped align school and emergency services’ communications systems and reviewed preparedness, and now is looking at possible safety-related changes at individual schools. The latest expansion is to add a member of the school board and board of supervisors to the task force, Brewster said.
The task force includes representatives of the sheriff’s department, Dublin and Pulaski police departments, the Virginia State Police and fire, rescue and other emergency-response agencies. New River Valley Community Services and the county are also represented on the task force.
Brewster said the task force helped craft a district-wide security plan and is aiding individual schools as they review and work on their own plans.
The task force is to eventually make recommendations to the school board and board of supervisors.
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