Mason County Board of Education

The Mason County School District is being proactive in regards to student safety.

On March 14 at 6 p.m., there will be a school safety meeting at Mason County Middle School in order for the public to learn the current status and the future plans for safety and secure schools.

According to Mason County Schools Safe Schools Coordinator Garry Jackson, the school district has been working with the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools and the Maysville Fire Department for over a year to work on plans to keep the schools safe.

"The district is aware of the concerns of the parents and community and we share those concerns," Jackson said in a letter to parents. "Our goal is to meet the ever-increasing challenges of making our schools as safe as we possibly can."

During the meeting, school officials, law enforcement, both local and state, will discuss school safety and answer any questions from the public.

"We will share the status of our buildings and what is in place to make our schools safe," Jackson said. "We will also discuss future safety considerations and share a comprehensive array of strategies and tools that could be used in the schools."

Jackson said law enforcement will also be stepping up their visibility in schools until those tools can be vetted and funded.

According to Jackson, an announcement detailing a partnership to keep properties safer will made at the meeting.

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"We are hopeful you can attend this important event," Jackson said. "Community-school partnerships will make our schools as safe as possible."

Superintendent Rick Ross is encouraging the community to attend the meeting next week.

"The district leadership has met with the Maysville Police Department, Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police and Maysville Fire Department to review safety procedures. We look forward to the community meeting to share what measures we have in place and listen to input. We needs students, parents, the school system, police and fire, court system and the community all working together to keep our students safe," he said.


Christy Howell-Hoots is a reporter for The Ledger Independent newspaper, covering Bracken County

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