[San Bernardino County] Grand jury plans public meeting on school safety

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury wants to hear from parents of students about safety in our schools.

A meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Performing Arts Center at Silverado High School, 14048 Cobalt Road in Victorville, “to elicit ideas regarding or concering school safety,” a news release said. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Jim Moore, grand jury foreman, told the Daily Press that “some,” but not all members of the civil grand jury panel would be present for the meeting. He said he would not be attending.

Moore said that because grand jury proceedings are confidential, he could not provide specific reasons on why the meeting is being called, or its timing. He said the meeting is aimed at soliciting information.

“We’re interested in hearing from parents of students what their percesptions are of safety in the schools. Good, bad, or indifferent,” he said. “We hope to get as big a crowd as we can.”

Moore also said he could not comment on why Silverado High School was chosen as the meeting site.

Kris Reilly, spokeman for Victor Valley Union High School District, said Silverado “is the most centrally located of our campuses, so it’s hopefully easier for people from all over the valley to attend.”

Moore said he was unaware of another instance in which the grand jury held a similar public meeting to hear from residents.

According to its website, the San Bernardino County civil grand jury has three investigative responsibilities:

  • To investigate and report on the functioning of local government including the county, special districts, and cities

  • To hear evidence and determine whether there is sufficient cause to indict individuals suspected of crimes

  • To investigate reports of willful or corrupt misconduct of public officials and to present an accusation where appropriate.

February 3, 2019

Daily Press

Scott Nordhues