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Burleson describes both the cost and the value of recent safety measures to Avery County Schools.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2013-04-17 13:49:13
Last modified: 2013-04-17 13:49:12

The next step toward safe schools

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Following several weeks of discussion and coverage of plans for improving the security and safety of local schools, David Burleson, superintendent of Avery County Schools, sat down with The Avery Journal-Times to discuss how that conversation has manifested in Avery County Schools in terms of both safety and cost.
In March, Michael Dorn visited Avery County Schools to inspect the schools and share his insights gathered from a long career of school security, including time as lead program officer of the terrorism division of the Georgia Office of Homeland Security and as a school safety specialist for the Office of the Governor of Georgia.

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