Apex Gov. Pat McCrory says a new office in his administration will evaluate the best ways that North Carolina students and teachers can be protected so school districts can respond to real and potential dangers.
McCrory visited an Apex school Tuesday to unveil the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools being housed in the Department of Public Safety. The Republican governor says government has a responsibility to ensure faculty and students are safe and parents have peace of mind when their children go to school.
Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan says the center will hold town hall meetings to get ideas. He says it also will examine mental health issues and what role guns could have in improving safety.
McCrorys budget proposal Wednesday will include money for the center.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will consider a $21.5 million security plan next week for improvements such as cameras or screening systems. The district originally requested more money, but cut a plan to add 8-foot chain-link fences after learning the security plan could cause other construction projects to be delayed.
In Gaston County, a task force has recommended $10.58 million in security improvements, including fences, panic button systems and surveillance equipment. Observer staff writer April Bethea contributed.