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January 23, 2013

Commission has first meeting

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NORMAN —

As of Tuesday, the committee did not declare a set agenda or specific goal, saving the formation of objectives for the next meeting, when each committee member can return with input from their community and local educators.

“Each of us were charged with reaching out to community members and schools and getting a feel for where they are and what they need,” Stacy said. “The safety committee here in Norman has put together a list of initiatives that are ongoing which I’ll bring to the next meeting, and I’d like to reach out to all schools in Cleveland County. There are a lot of different people whose input I’m interested in.”

McConnell said he appreciated the open-ended nature of the commission’s current goals, saying it allows for stakeholders to be heard and help form the commission’s direction.

“It’s cool that there isn’t a set agenda. They’re going to let this work through brainstorming and listening to constituents and the experts on the committee,” McConnell said.

For Stacy, a former police officer, the convergence of so many experts for this purpose is, in and of itself, very significant.

“I can tell you that what I see as most productive is the forming of partnerships,” Stacy said. “There’s a lot of expertise in this committee, and creating those partnerships between the different entities of education, law enforcement, mental health and community will be crucial. I met an architect just today who may help with security in school design on bond issues.”

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