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Madison schools’ director of student services to join others in legislative hearing on school safety

Dennis James, director of student services for Madison City Schools, will join educators and law enforcement officials from across the state this week in a legislative hearing on school safety and security.

The House and Senate education policy committees will hold a joint session Wednesday in Montgomery to discuss school safety and security issues and seek ideas for improvements.

James said that while Madison schools continuously evaluate safety and have a capital plan that calls for school security improvements, the hearing could provide new ideas that work and are cost effective.

“We are committed to providing the safest learning environment possible for our students,” James said. “We are constantly evaluating our programs and seeking ways to improve.”

In announcing the meeting in December, House Speaker Mike Hubbard said he hopes the hearing will help reveal security practices that are working in various systems that could be implemented statewide.

The joint committee meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Alabama Statehouse. Sheriffs, police officials and district attorneys from across the state are also expected to attend.