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County, City heads meet over school security

By Focus Staff

Knox County leaders gathered last Friday afternoon to discuss school security system concerns.

Dale Smith of the Public Building Authority suggested that an independent audit be made of a sampling of schools to get a “snapshot” of the security status. The audit would be done by a contractor with no relationship to Knox County Schools.

“We should not be using firms that work with us on school projects,” stated Mayor Burchett.

The review is estimated to take two to three weekends and cost $12,000 to $15,000.

Board of Education Chair Karen Carson will bring the proposal up at this week’s Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, March 6. at 5 p.m. in the main assembly room of the City County Building (400 W. Main Street).

Sheriff Jones and Chief Rausch will join Dr. McIntyre again in a Community Forum meeting centered on student safety and school security.  The Community Forum will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Amherst Elementary School located at 5101 Schaad Road. It is open to the public.