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Hutchinson adds members to school safety task force

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Gov. Asa Hutchinson added some additional members to his school safety task force, a group that he has previously said would NOT consider gun safety issues. Still no students, but a member listed as parent of a student is a new member.

He's allotted $300,000 to study school safety measures including additional training for resource officers.

The commission membership:

Dr. Cheryl May – Chair
Director, Criminal Justice Institute (CJI)

University of Arkansas System


Bill Temple – Vice Chair
Retired Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


John “Don” Kaminar

Special Projects and School Safety Manager

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)


Brad Montgomery

Director of Public School Academic Facilities

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)

A.J. Gary

Director, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM)


Sheriff Tim Helder

Washington County Sheriff


Jami Cook

Director, Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA)


Will Jones

Deputy Attorney General, Special Investigations Unit

Office of the Attorney General


David Hopkins

Superintendent, Clarksville School District


Dawn Anderson

High School Counselor, Hot Springs High School


John Allison

Teacher, Vilonia High School


*Tom Jenkins
Chief of the Rogers Fire Department

*Marvin L. Burton
Deputy Superintendent for the Little Rock School District

*Lori Poston
Child and Adolescent Therapist from Jonesboro

*Dr. Margaret Weiss
MD, PHD, UAMS Professor Department of Psychiatry, and the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

*Ricky Hopkins
Parent of student in Prescott School District

*Dr. Sterling Claypoole
Professor in Psychology at South Arkansas Community College and Parent of students in El Dorado School District

*Dr. Joyce Cottoms
Superintendent for the Marvell-Elaine School District

* Jenkins, Burton, Poston, Weiss, Hopkins, Cottoms and Claypoole are additions.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson added some additional members to his school safety task force, a group that he has previously said would NOT consider gun safety issues. Still no students.

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