Brunswick County Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum took the oath of office Tuesday as vice-chairman of the Governor’s Task Force for Safer Schools.
Gov. Pat McCrory created the task force in September after reviewing the 2013 Safer Schools Report, a comprehensive plan to increase school safety for students, teachers, parents and administrators.
The 20-member Task Force for Safer Schools includes community leaders, education and law enforcement officials, justice and mental health professionals, teachers and parents from across the state. The task force will serve as an advisory board to the Center for Safer Schools and is intended to encourage collaboration between the groups and agencies represented, as well as assist with gathering information and making recommendations regarding school safety.
In introducing MacCallum, District Attorney Jon David and county commissioner Frank Williams both commented on MacCallum’s background in education, as well as his work with the legal system. Even before Gov. McCrory created the task force, MacCallum was looking at what he could do to help increase school safety, David said.
In addition to his work with the legal system, MacCallum served on the State School Board in West Virginia for 13 years. Since moving to Brunswick County 12 years ago, he has volunteered with Communities In Schools of Brunswick County and served on the board of the Brunswick Community College Foundation.
“This position reflects my continuing interest in education, and melds two areas which have long been of importance to me,” MacCallum said. “We want to avoid tragedies, but if we can’t, we want to be able to look back and say we did everything humanly possible to avoid them.”