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February 7, 2013

School safety group to meet tonight

An Oneonta community group formed after the recent Connecticut school shooting is holding a meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army gymnasium, an organizer said.

The format will be a panel discussion including parents and school officials to talk about school safety and what can be done to ensure it, organizer Carrie Grace said. She formed the group with Guy Weideman. Both have young children in the district.

The group met in January after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., she said.

“We hope to keep people focused on the issue,” she said. “We don’t want to see anything happen here. The group has a good variety of people involved and she was hopeful more get involved as people learn about its activities.

Oneonta City School District Interim Superintendent David Rowley said he attended the first meeting and a representative will be at today’s meeting. He said he appreciated the group’s support of the building project recently approved by voters that included an upgrade in security at all buildings. He said he will be looking forward to seeing what support the group can provide in maintaining safe schools.

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