Mayor sets date for school safety town hall in city

The Williamsport/Lycoming County Crime Commission has scheduled a community discussion on the subject of school safety and gun violence in educational institutions.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Michael Ross Room on the third floor of the Trade and Transit Centre II, West Third and Laurel streets.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, as city director of public safety, said he has invited several officials from the Williamsport Area School District, St. John Neumann Regional Academy and other districts throughout the county for the discussion, which will be similar to a town hall meeting.

“The commission and myself want to listen to school administrators, teachers, students and the public,” Campana said.

The mayor said that while area schools are safe and confidential law enforcement information will not be shared, he believed the schools can be made more secure through access to local, state and federal government funding.

The mayor has expressed ideas to make daily life for those in school potentially safer such as metal detectors, transparent backpacks, additional employees to monitor surveillance cameras and the hiring of more guidance counselors to address troubled students and other issues.