ST. CHARLES, Mo.—A panel studying the best way to protect students, faculty and staff at St. Charles County schools is expected to make a final report next month, according to KMOX.
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann appointed the 14-member task force in December after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Members of the task force are schools and law enforcement agencies all over the county. They’ll work with county council members and mental health experts to identify weak spots in school security.
Ehlmann said the task force is about learning from experts and sharing ideas.
The mental health aspect has been a big focus, as educators and law enforcement officials acknowledge a decrease in funding and support for mental health issues over the last several years.
The panel is headed by Fort Zumwalt School District superintendent Bernard DuBray, and it is using one of the Fort Zumwalt schools as a test site. For example, a film was installed inside the glass of that school that doubles or triples the strength of the glass, making it far more different to break through.
Some suggestions were deemed too costly, such as posting full-time officers at every grade school.
Members of the task force also include St. Charles school Superintendent Jeff Marion; Duchesne High School President Bernard Naumann; Immanuel Lutheran Principal Rebecca Schmidt;Councilmen Terry Hollander, R-District 5, and Joe Brazil, R-District 2; St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer; St. Peters Police Chief Tom Bishop; Wentzville Police Chief Lisa Harrison; Circuit Judge Nancy Schneider; John Oldani, Lindenwood University vice president for student development; Laura Heebner, Crider Health Center president and chief executive officer; Barbara Griffith, president and CEO of Community Living Inc.; and Kenneth Simmons, St. Charles County chief juvenile officer.