In its ongoing efforts to ensure safe schools and learning environments for its students and employees, Mobile County Public Schools is bringing local law enforcement officers, fire/rescue and emergency management officials, school administrators and city, county and state government officials together to form a safety committee.
The purpose of the committee is to gather information and ideas from experienced stakeholders and possibly refine policies to ensure the safety and security of all MCPSS students, employees, schools and facilities.
“The committee brings together experienced personnel who all have the goal of public safety, particularly the safety of all system students and employees,” MCPSS Director of Security Andy Gatewood said. “The committee is interested and experienced in all different facets of safety, including physical security, intruder events, weather events, fire events, and all other issue with regard to the safety of our campuses. The various agencies represented on the committee will provide broad knowledge in all of these areas and help us develop or refine policies and procedures relative to safety.”
Membership on the committee is subject to expand and/or change. Joining Gatewood for the initial meeting this week were: Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl, State Rep. David Sessions, Chief Deputy David Wilhelm of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, City of Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste, Mobile County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Adair and Assistant Director Mike Evans, Mobile Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Doug Cooper, Mobile County school commissioner Douglas Harwell, school principals J.J. Poiroux of Causey Middle and Laura Dickens of Castlen Elementary and MCPSS resource officers Sim Oakley and Lorenzo Williams.
Citronelle Police Chief Phillip Mayo, Mobile Countyschool commissioner Dr. Reginald Crenshaw and Mary G. Montgomery Principal Marlon Firle have also agreed to serve on the committee but were unable to attend the initial meeting.
“We’re all working together and we’re sharing information,” Harwell said.
The committee plans to meet once a month to continue the process.