Wake County Schools

Wake school board creates task force to study school safety

Posted February 5, 2013 6:11 p.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2013 6:14 p.m. EST

Wake County Public School System

— The Wake County Board of Education has enlisted the help of Sheriff Donnie Harrison and former Raleigh police Capt. Al White to lead a schools safety task force, board Chairman Keith Sutton said Tuesday.

The task force, which will consist to 15 to 20 people appointed by the school board, will look at the school system's policies for emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

School board member John Tedesco will serve as liaison between the board and the task force, which will present its findings in 90 to 120 days.

The school board sparked controversy last month when it debated placing unarmed security guards in each of the district's 105 elementary schools. The board voted to table that idea at a Jan. 22 meeting, but it wasn't clear when it would return to the agenda.

The task force could take up the issue and study whether unarmed guards would improve school safety.

The Wake County Board of Commissioners blasted the idea, calling it a waste of money that accomplishes nothing.