Virginia school safety task force members named

Virginia school safety task force members named

Virginia school safety task force members named

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

RICHMOND (AP) -- Nearly four dozen people have been named to a Virginia panel reviewing school policies and procedures, as well as funding and resource challenges, to ensure the safety of students and educators.

Gov. Bob McDonnell named the members of the Task Force of School and Campus Safety on Wednesday. It includes state and local leaders, lawmakers, public safety experts, parents and students.

McDonnell created the panel following the Connecticut elementary school shooting. It will provide initial safety-related legislative and budget proposals by the end of January and submit a final report by the end of June.

The 45-member panel will be co-chaired by Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel.

Fire Chief Steve Cover of Virginia Beach says he is, "looking forward to working in a collaborated effort with all public safety department to scrutinize current policies and procedures; as well as to examine best practices, policies and procedure in order to ensure the Commonwealth of Virginia schools are the safest in the Nation."

Also appointed were Dr. Sandy Ward, Director of the School Psychology program and Police Chief Don Challis, both with the College of William and Mary.

Its first meeting is set for Jan. 14.

Click here to see the entire list of people appointed to the Governor's Task Force on School and Campus Safety.

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