MEIGS COUNTY — Working together for the good of all involved was a constant message brought by Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood as he, along with Meigs County EMS/911 Director Doug Lavender and Meigs County Commissioner Randy Smith, visited the area school districts last Friday.
With a waiver day scheduled for Eastern, Meigs and Southern school districts, Wood, Lavender and Smith visited each school to speak with faculty, staff and administrators about having a plan in place for emergency situations.
Wood also shared his plans for the Sheriff’s Office as he begins his term as Sheriff.
Wood stated that his department will be taking part in an “active shooter” training in the coming weeks and is working to implement a plan with the schools and other departments in the area to handle any kind of emergency situation which might occur.
Lavender and Wood both stated that it is better to train and have a plan in place and never have to use it, then to not be prepared.
Wood said on Thursday that he plans to meet again with each of the school districts in the coming weeks to discuss emergency planning and the possibility of a resource officer for the schools.
A resource officer could provide a presence for law enforcement in the schools as well as helping with training of staff.
Wood stated that getting everyone involved, from students to parents, staff to community leaders, plans can be put in place which could help to better serve all involved.