Mayor Will Clayton said a public hearing will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at city hall to continue discussions about school safety.

He said all members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting, offer their thoughts on the issue, ask questions and share concerns.

A number of local public officials met behind closed doors Jan. 30 to talk about school safety in the wake of recent shooting violence in other parts of the country. Those attending included Maine State Police, The Knox County Sheriff's Office, Knox County Emergency Management Agency, Knox County Commission, dispatch officials, representatives from Rockland, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Cushing, St. George, Owls Head, first responders, Regional School Unit 13 school board members and representatives from the school superintendent's office.

"The reason this meeting was not open to the public was because of the sensitive information discussed about the response plans in place and what each entity is tasked with," Clayton said in an email after the meeting. "The meeting was the best chance we had to assess what we have in place, ensure we are doing all that we can to find ways to increase security and promote open discussion between our communities on how we can all help each other. The interaction and discussion was open, poignant and eye-opening."