first_imgObama unveils $500 million gun control packageWhen the Clark County Safe Schools Task Force recently applied for a grant to help beef up school security plans, they were told the task force and the school districts were so far ahead of the game that they wouldn’t qualify.That was good news for Mick Hoffman, director of safety, security and athletics for Vancouver Public Schools. Hoffman also chairs the task force, formed in 1998 after the Thurston High School shooting in Springfield, Ore.The task force is composed of security and operations directors from all nine Clark County school districts, as well as public safety, health, mental health and other agencies and nonprofit organizations from throughout the county. The panel meets several times each year to discuss the work that school safety and security subgroups are doing throughout the county. The group’s first meeting of the year was Wednesday.Before the task force, each district designed its own safety and security plans. Now, with resources representing the entire county, the group works together to develop safety plans and protocols for all schools and agencies to follow in case of emergency.Shooting reactionsOn the morning of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “our phones lit up,” said Bryan McGeachy, director of operations at Camas School District. Parents called the schools to make sure their children were safe. It was the district’s last day of school before winter break.last_img read more