GASTONIA, N.C. -- The Gaston County Board of Education and county commissioners are joining in a partnership to make school safety a community priority.

As part of the safety alliance, school Superintendent Reeves McGlohon, county Police Chief James Buie and top staff members met this week to address the immediate safety concerns of parents.

Both school and county officials are working together to review, identify and implement best practices to ensure school safety, according to a release.

Leaders will meet again after the holidays to reevaluate the comprehensive school/community safety plan.

The plan will include a safety task force and offer the chance for community input. It will address such safety needs as school facilities, safety training and personnel, equipment, safety technology and monitoring.

Officials said that for the past 15 years Gaston schools and local law enforcement agencies have worked closely to ensure student safety.

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