Kentucky needs task force to delve deeper into school safety, panel's chairman says

01/30/2013 06:04 PM

The chairman of the committee looking into school security in Kentucky wants to create a task force involving school officials, parents and others to “look deeper” into what type of funding, equipment and procedures are needed to keep students safe.

Representative Richard Henderson, D- Montgomery County, chairs the House Special Subcommittee on School Safety, which met Wednesday for the third time since House leaders created it earlier this month.

Henderson already has filed a bill to make the subcommittee permanent. But he said he said his second step will be to make sure a group of stake holders come together to recommend more long-term changes.

Henderson said he expects to hold one more hearing of the special subcommittee this winter in which Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will testify.

School representatives on Wednesday continued to make the case to state lawmakers that having better security plans is key to keeping students safe.

State education officials told the House Special Subcommittee on School Safety that every school should have an emergency plan for armed intruders that keeps students in their classrooms.

Rep. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, said he looks forward to a more open discussion about possible safety measures. This comes after Hall said he wanted to see school officials who are trained to carry firearms be able to bring them into schools earlier this month at the committee’s first meeting.

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