New Hanover County – On Monday, November 2, 2015, New Hanover County Schools will hold a Signing Ceremony for the Inter-Agency Governance Agreement on the Handling of School Offenses. Participants will include Chief District Court Judge Julius Corpening, New Hanover County Board of Education Chairman Donald S. Hayes, NHCS Superintendent Tim Markley, Board of Commissioners Chairman Jonathan Barfield, Wilmington Police Department Chief Ralph Evangelous, District Attorney Ben David, New Hanover County Deputy Sheriff Major B.D. Blackmon, Chief Public Defender Jennifer Harjo, Carolina Beach Chief of Police Chris Spivey and other representatives from participating agencies. The ceremony will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will be held in the media center at Roland-Grise Middle School, 4412 Lake Avenue, Wilmington, NC.
The premise of the agreement is that schools and law enforcement share responsibility for school safety and must work together with complimentary policies and procedures with the goal of a safe learning environment for everyone. It expresses the agreement of the parties for responding to non-emergency school disruptions. It strives to ensure a consistent response to incidents of student misbehavior, clarify the role of law enforcement in school disciplinary matters, efficiently utilize alternative support services and reduce involvement of law enforcement and court agencies for minor misconduct at school and school-related events.
While the agreement deals with the response to non-emergency school disruptions, the parties also acknowledge the importance of cooperation between school officials and law enforcement in response to emergency and safety issues.