LITITZ – The Senate Majority Policy Committee took a closer look at Lancaster County’s efforts to promote a safer learning environment for students during a public roundtable discussion with local school safety experts in Lititz on Monday, according to Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and Scott Martin (R-13).
In addition to highlighting steps that have been taken locally to improve school safety, the discussion centered on bills approved by the General Assembly and pending proposals that could help boost student safety.
“Lancaster County schools have been ahead of the curve on a wide range of education issues in recent years, and the issue of school safety should not be an exception,” said Aument, who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee. “This meeting offered many of our local leaders a valuable opportunity to discuss the strategies that are already working, while at the same time identifying pressing concerns that still need to be addressed.”
“Every member of the community has a shared interest in making our schools safer, and cooperation is the key to providing the kind of environment where young people can learn and thrive,” said Martin, who sponsored a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law earlier this year. “We have already made tremendous progress this year toward making our schools safer. I am hopeful that this conversation will serve as a catalyst for additional school safety reforms in the months to come.”
Jake Smeltz (Aument)
Terry Trego (Martin)