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White Oak ISD to host safety meeting Sunday afternoon

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White Oak ISD officials will host an open forum board meeting this weekend to discuss school safety, three weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

White Oak ISD superintendent Mike Gilbert said the goal of the meeting is to address community concerns about school safety after the Newtown tragedy. He said he wants to assure people the district is doing a good job taking care of it students, to reiterate that the district takes security very seriously and review the district's safety plan.

The meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Judy C. Meredith Secondary Food Services Building on White Oak Road.  Gilbert will lead the presentation, although he told KLTV that school board members would be welcome to provide comment as well.

White Oak first responders, including police, fire, and EMT officials, will also attend the meeting. Anyone is invited to attend and will be allowed to ask questions or state their concerns about the district's safety plan.

Gilbert said that the timing of semester finals and the Christmas break did not allow for a good opportunity to hold a meeting shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took place December 14.

White Oak ISD classes will resume Monday, January 7.

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