City, school officials discuss school safety

Plan second meeting
By Daniel Dunkle | Dec 24, 2012
Will Clayton

Rockland — A group of city and school district officials met Dec. 21 to talk about school safety concerns after the tragedy in Connecticut last week.

Mayor Will Clayton said he and City Manager James Smith met with Superintendent Lew Collins of Regional School Unit 13, School Board Chairwoman Tess Kilgour and Director of School Improvement Neal Guyer.

"I am very pleased at what is in place now, and that further protective actions have already been proactively considered and discussed," Clayton said in an email Dec. 22. He said he was very impressed with school officials' knowledge and willingness to work with the city. "...The city manager and I made the city's resources available for all discussion and whatever is needed to move forward."

The group plans to hold another meeting in January with school principals, school board members, police, fire chiefs, the Knox County Emergency Management Agency, Knox County Sheriff's Office and Maine State Police.

"Lew and I will facilitate the meeting and have an agenda to discuss and adhere to," Clayton said. "Our goal for this initial meeting is to review the procedures in place for the specific timeline between an aggressor's arrival and when the first responders arrive, and gain input and advice and critique from all those involved. This meeting will not be open to the public but hopefully in the future an open meeting will be held."

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