School Safety Committee Meeting in Shelby, N.C. on Friday at 1 p.m.

Shelby, N.C. – The state House Select Committee on School Safety will continue its interim meetings across North Carolina in Cleveland County on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

The committee was formed by Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) in February following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that tragically killed 17 students and teachers.

Meeting agendas have included presentations by subject matter experts from the Center for Safer Schools, the N.C. Emergency Management Division, the N.C. School Psychology Association, and the School Nurse Association of N.C.

The State Bureau of Investigation, the N.C. School Social Workers Association, behavioral healthcare providers Meridian and Alliance, and others, also contributed to the agendas.

The committee was divided into working groups on Student Health and Student Physical Safety and Security and submitted an extensive report in May 2018 on its findings and recommendations to the North Carolina General Assembly.

Aided by the committee’s findings, the full state legislature invested more than $35 million in school safety measures in 2018 to fund confidential reporting services, additional school resource officers and nurses, mental-health grants for students in crisis, security equipment upgrades, and training for education personnel to improve classroom security.

Another $241 million of lottery funding was directed to build or upgrade public school facilities in 2018, and school safety leaders are seeking federal funding grants as well.

The committee was recently reauthorized by Speaker Moore to continue meeting after the short legislative session and is hosting off-site meetings at locations around North Carolina.

Representative John Torbett (R-Gaston) will serve as chairman of Friday’s committee meeting in Shelby, N.C.  More details of the agenda will be released in the coming days.

School Safety Committee Meeting in Shelby, N.C. on Friday at 1 p.m.

Who:      North Carolina House Select Committee on School Safety

What:     Interim Legislative Committee Meeting

When:    Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Where:  The LeGrand Center, 1800 E. Marion St., Shelby, N.C. 28152