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Gov. Sununu announces members of new school safety task force

New Hampshire Union Leader

March 12. 2018 8:55PM

CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu on Monday announced the members of the newly-formed Governor’s School Safety Preparedness Task Force, which will work to develop stronger safety protocols for New Hampshire’s schools following the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida that claimed 17 lives.

“This newly created taskforce will build upon the critical work that New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials have done since 2012 to protect our schools,” Sununu said.

Over the next 60 to 90 days task force members are expected to evaluate and recommend to Sununu actionable steps that can be taken to ensure New Hampshire has “the safest schools in the nation,” according to a release.

The task force will hold its first meeting Wednesday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Executive Council Chambers, where Sununu will provide members a list of recommended proposals to research and determine how best to implement.

Members of the Governor’s School Safety Preparedness Task Force include:

• Perry Plummer, Director, New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Chairman)

• Christine Brennan, Deputy Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Education and former principal of Beech Street Elementary School in Manchester

• John Broderick, Former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice and Co-Chair of Change Direction NH

• Matthew Canfield, Chief, Laconia Police Department

• Michael Carney, School Board Member, Salem

• Allan Clark, Chief, Sugar Hill Fire Department

• Paul Dean, Chief, University of New Hampshire Police Department

• Laura DeRosa Ed.D, Teacher, Hollis Brookline Middle School

• Tiffany Eddy, Parent from Dunbarton

• Michael Gagnon, Chief, Derry Fire Department

• Laurie Melanson, Superintendent, SAU 23 North Haverhill

• Ken Norton, Executive Director, NAMI New Hampshire

• Richard Sawyer, Chief, Hampton Police Department

Chris Wagner, Colonel, New Hampshire State Police

The Legislature last year passed a bill signed into law by Sununu requiring each school to develop a site-specific school emergency plan that addresses both natural and human-caused hazards and requires plans to be submitted to the Department of Education.

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