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Madison Co. superintendent talks safety with lawmakers

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Madison County School Superintendent Dr. David Copeland talked to lawmakers ahead of this year's legislative session. Madison County School Superintendent Dr. David Copeland talked to lawmakers ahead of this year's legislative session.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

School safety topped the agenda at a meeting Monday between Madison County school leaders and the North Alabama Legislative Delegation.

Madison County School Superintendent Dr. David Copeland talked to lawmakers ahead of this year's legislative session. He told them about how the district is working to secure schools by requiring key cards to enter classrooms.

"It's really a good way to monitor who comes in and out, as well as being able to give access to whoever needs that," said Copeland. 

He said that 28 of the schools in the district have the key cards.  Only six more schools need them.

"By the end of the summer, all schools will have the electronic pass cards," he said. 

Lawmakers said that's something they expect to see a lot of this session. They anticipate several bills to come through dealing with school safety.

"We owe it to them to make sure we keep those lines of communication open, and I just think it's important to know what's going on in Montgomery because it affects all of us," said Copeland.

Parents like Gena Groce appreciate the extra steps being taken my lawmakers and school officials.

"I would think any security measure that would be beneficial to the schools and the safety of their students would be a great need for all students," she said. 

The district also asked lawmakers to continue to fight for school funding so it can return staffing levels to normal.

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