State Senator Tom Garrett and Louisa County Public School Superintendent Dr. Deborah Pettit were sworn-in Monday in the State Capital as members of the Commonwealth’s newly-created Task Force on School and Campus Safety.
The task force was created by Governor Bob McDonnell in the wake of last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut which left 20 students and six educators dead.
While school systems across the country have been re-evaluating their security measures since the shooting incident, the 45-member task force has until the end of January to issue a preliminary recommendation.
That recommendation, which will include legislative and budget proposals, will address any critical gaps or needs associated with safety and security in schools and campuses across the Commonwealth.
McDonnell reportedly requested the deadline set by the end of the month in case action is required by the General Assembly, which began its new legislative session last week.
During the task force’s first meeting, McDonnell said he was also asking lawmakers to hold off spending more than $30 million in unappropriated funds until the group has made its preliminary recommendation.
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 17 edition of The Central Virginian.