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Cherokee Schools Chief Forms Safety Committee

The standing School Safety and Security Ad Hoc Committee will consist of senior level district staff, parents, principals and law enforcement agency representatives.

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo announced on Friday that he's established a School Safety and Security Ad Hoc Committee.

The committee, he noted, will consist of parents, principals, upper-level district staff personnel and representatives from local law enforcement agencies.

"This committee will meet regularly to assess current and emerging school safety initiatives, as well as determine the programmatic, operational and fiscal impact of the School District’s safety and security protocols and practices," Petruzielo said in his letter issued on Friday.

The committee will meet before the Cherokee County School Board's Jan. 17 meeting to brief school board members with additional information.

The district last month announced it will work with local law enforcement agencies to provide enhanced protection at each one of its school campuses in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people, including 18 children dead.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office on Friday also announced it would continue its increased presence at district schools until the end of the school year. 

See the attached letter to read Petruzielo's statements.  

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