Leveretts Chapel trustees schedule special meeting on school safety
Jan 05, 2013 (Kilgore News Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Leveretts Chapel's school board members will meet in a specially-called session Monday to approve the district's lapsed safety audit for state-level review.
It's the LCISD trustees first official meeting since Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott listed the district among dozens of others schools also out of compliance with state laws monitoring school safety preparations.
Following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Dec. 14, Abbott's office reported 78 of 1,025 Texas school districts were noncompliant on portions of the Texas Education Code and other guidelines requiring comprehensive safety plans be filed with the Texas School Safety Center every three years.
Of the noncompliant districts, 38 did not submit a safety audit and the reports of the remaining 40 did not meet the state's standards. Following weeks of coordination with the noncompliant schools, the attorney general's office on Thursday reported 15 remaining districts -- including Leveretts Chapel -- have yet to become compliant with the state's school safety and security audit requirements.
Following the AG's initial announcement Dec. 17, LCISD superintendent Donna Johnson said the district does have a safety plan prepared, but she forgot to file it with the state. Johnson has not returned calls made to her office since.
State law requires a school's trustees approve the comprehensive document before submission to the safety center -- Leveretts Chapel's board is scheduled to meet at noon Monday in Johnson's office. The brief agenda includes establishing a quorum, roll call and an opportunity for public comments from audience members before presentation and possible approval of the Texas School Safety Audit.
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