Ransone named to task force on school safety

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

RICHMOND – Del. Margaret Ransone has landed a high-profile assignment from Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell announced the membership yesterday of a task force he created to make recommendations for school and campus safety in the wake of the shooting massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Ransone, a Republican who represents the eastern part of Caroline County, was appointed to the 45-member panel.

The Task Force of School and Campus Safety, headed by three members of the governor’s cabinet, includes lawmakers, educators, public safety experts, mental health practitioners, local leaders, parents, and students.

The task force, which holds its first meeting next week, will make initial recommendations to the governor by the end of the month. It is also tasked with making additional recommendations on an ongoing basis and to provide a final report in June.

McDonnell also established a separate mental health workgroup chaired by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel.

The governor issued an executive order last month setting up the multidisciplinary task force.

He issued the executive order six days after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.


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