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K.G. group looks at school security
Sheriff leads effort to assemble a group to discuss school security and safety

Date published: 2/10/2013



A new group in King George County will look at ways to improve school safety and security.

Sheriff Steve Dempsey has been meeting with County Administrator Travis Quesenberry and School Superintendent Robert Benson about the idea. The group would include those men, as well as principals, chairmen of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, and a PTA officer from each school.

Dempsey said he believes more can be done than just providing a school resource officer at each facility. He wants the group to look at the security of interior and exterior doors, the primary entrance to each school and building-wide monitoring and communication.

All the supervisors supported the group, which will bring its findings back to them.

"I think it's what we need to do, to be proactive and take a look at the facility aspect of it and not just a person in the building," said Supervisor Joe Grzeika.


As budget discussions begin, one resident has already made an unusual request to the supervisors.

"Run our taxes up, if you need to, it's not that much," said Greg Holmes, who spoke during public comment Tuesday night. "I'd like you to remember there's only one lap around the track in terms of education, and please give them my best shot."

Holmes also asked the supervisors not to skimp on fire and rescue coverage and funding for the Sheriff's Office.

Supervisors will have a budget work session at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 26. At the same time on Feb. 28, county officials will meet with the Service Authority. All meetings will be held in the county boardroom and are open to the public, although public comment will not be allowed.


Supervisor Ruby Brabo said she would be willing to pay for her hotel room, if the county would cover the $540 registration fee for her to attend the National Association of Counties (NACo) meeting March 2-6 in Washington, D.C.

Brabo said she would share a room with Westmoreland County Supervisor Rosemary Mahan and foot the bill for the expense. But fellow Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. said that if she's representing the county, the county should pay her way.

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