Rep. Frank Iler

Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick County) announced that he was recently appointed by North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore to serve on the House Select Committee on School Safety.

“I thank Speaker Moore for immediately creating this committee on school safety and appointing me as a member.  We do a superior job in Brunswick County with our School Resource Officer (SRO) deputies in every school and by hardening the access to our schools. I commend our Sheriff’s Department and our School System for the hard work they do to keep our students, teachers, and staff safe.  However, there is always room for improvement and more assistance from state government.  I look forward to sharing our methods across the state, learning from the best practices of others, and providing more resources to insure the safety of our students.”

The focus of this committee will be to review the safety standards and procedures followed by schools across North Carolina and to seek input from experts in a variety of fields related to school safety, including violence prevention, security, mental health, and emergency management.  The goal of the committee will be to develop comprehensive policies that will ensure the security of our state’s classrooms and education facilities.

“As parents, our highest priority is keeping our children safe,” said Speaker Moore, after announcing the creation of the committee.  “It starts with building safer schools in the capital construction phase and maintaining secure education facilities every day across North Carolina.  It is our duty to provide the highest level of physical security to our kids’ classrooms through access control, surveillance and training.  This committee will evaluate current state policy and examine recommendations to best protect our precious children and educators”

The House Select Committee on School Safety will hold its first meeting later this month. The House members appointed to the committee are a cross-section of members from across the state with a mix of experience in the areas of education, law enforcement, and mental health policy.  They will focus on short-term fixes which can be enacted quickly as well as long-term solutions in their quest to endure the safety of North Carolina’s schools.