School board to hold closed safety session

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG

Posted 2/20/18

The Bradley County Board of Education will have a special called meeting on Thursday, to discuss issues related to school safety. Scotty Hernandez, safety and security director for Bradley …

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School board to hold closed safety session

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The Bradley County Board of Education will have a special called meeting on Thursday, to discuss issues related to school safety. 

Scotty Hernandez, safety and security director for Bradley County Schools, is planning to address the board. 

"The purpose of this meeting is to discuss school safety, so this meeting will be closed to the public," Dr. Linda Cash, director of Bradley County Schools, said in a statement. 

Though school board meetings are normally supposed to be open to the public, state law says meetings related to school safety are exempt from this requirement. 

Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-804 reads: "Any meeting concerning school security, the district-wide school safety plans or the building-level school safety plans shall not be subject to the open meetings laws compiled in title 8, chapter 44. Though closed to the general public, reasonable notice shall be provided to the general public prior to such a meeting. The board shall not discuss or deliberate on any other issues or subjects during such a meeting." 

Cash declined to say what prompted this week's meeting. However, the issue of school safety has recently become a big topic of conversation nationwide. Last Wednesday, a gunman attacked students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17. 

According to an emailed announcement issued early this morning to the Cleveland Daily Banner, a group of local residents is planning to voice their concerns about school safety with an event next month. The "Secure Our Schools March" is being planned for Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in front of the Bradley County Courthouse. 

The Banner will provide additional information about this planned event in a future edition, once the organizers have been contacted.

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