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School safety front and center

Published: 9:43 AM, 01/02/2013 Last updated: 9:46 AM, 01/02/2013

Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

Both the Monroe County and Sweetwater City school systems continue to take a closer look at safety after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., recently.

Director of Monroe County Schools Mike Lowry said city police and county officers will meet at Sequoyah High School on Jan. 3 at 9 a.m. and then will fan out and visit all the county-run schools while the students are still on vacation.

"They will get a chance to meet and talk about the layout of all the schools," Lowry said.

Lowry said Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden and Sheriff Bill Bivens are very supportive of the meeting on school safety and the tour will familiarize more officers with all the schools.

Sweetwater City Schools Director Dr. Melanie Miller had previously announced the city system will hold a public meeting at City Hall after the City Commission meeting (around 7:30 p.m.) on Jan. 7 to discuss ways to improve school safety.

The Sweetwater City School System sent home a letter with students just before they went home for the holidays detailing numerous safety improvements ongoing and numerous ways the system will track who is coming and going in the school buildings.

Director of Sweetwater City Schools Dr. Melanie Miller said the city system has gotten a lot of input from parents and the community on how to make the learning environment safer.

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