State leaders announced Wednesday the members of a new commission that will evaluate school safety statewide in the wake of the elementary school massacre last month in Connecticut.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will lead the nonpartisan Oklahoma Commission on School Security. Lamb is a former U.S. Secret Service agent.
“Our children deserve safe and secure learning environments, and this commission is committed to doing just that,” Lamb said in a statement Wednesday. “Each commission member brings experience from their respective field that will generate ideas and solutions to enhance school security.”
The group will meet first at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Room 419-C of the Capitol. For more information or to submit ideas, call Lamb's office at 521-2161.
In addition to Lamb, 22 committee members were named:
• Gary Armbruster, principal architect at MA+ Architecture, an Oklahoma City-based firm.
• Phil Armstrong, assistant pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Tulsa.
• Retired Maj. Gen. Lee Baxter, member of the state Board of Education.
• Maj. James Blocker, director of emergency medical services for the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
• Sharon Brady, assistant director of special education for Lawton Public Schools.