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School safety forum held at Mathews High School


Only a handful of Mathews residents turned out last Wednesday night to hear school officials discuss what’s already being done to insure student safety as well as a new proactive approach to make sure that everyone at the division’s three schools remains safe in the event of a crisis, such as an active shooter.

The school safety forum was held in the Harry M. Ward Auditorium at Mathews High School, but the large venue proved unnecessary as only 20-30 people were in attendance.

A panel consisting of Superintendent of Schools Nancy Welch, the division’s School Resource Officer Deputy Julianna Berry, Lee-Jackson Elementary principal Drew Greve, Thomas Hunter principal Laurel Byrd and MHS interim principal Alexis Foster responded to questions posed by moderator Erica DeForge, vice president of the Thomas Hunter Middle School PTA, a school employee and the parent of two students in the school division.

The March 28 forum began with a 7½-minute video that ...

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