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September 17, 2013
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Luther Strange
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Alabama Attorney General
Claire Haynes (334) 242-7351
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(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Strange presented Redland Elementary
in Wetumpka with the 2013 Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of
Excellence at a school assembly today. One school was selected as the winner from
each of the Alabama State School Board of Education districts.
“I am honored to award Redland Elementary with a 2013 Award of
Excellence for School Board district 3,” said Attorney General Strange. “Ensuring
safe schools for our students has never been more important, and this program will
help us identify the best practices that schools should be using. I look forward to
sharing these best practices with other schools.”
“In this climate in terms of safety of our students, this is a big deal for us,”
said Dan Aude, Principal of Redland Elementary. “We are doing the best we can to
ensure our students and faculty are safe. This is another level of protection for our
kids, and we’re just one of several in this county who could be recognized for their
efforts when it comes to safety,” Aude added.
Redland Elementary Assistant Principal Tim Collier added that “It is quite an honor
for Redland Elementary School to be recognized by the Office of the Attorney
General for our efforts in school safety. It is a testament to the dedication of all of the
stakeholders of the Elmore County School system and the Redland community.”
Attorney General Strange is personally presenting the awards for the 2013
Awards of Excellence winners at school assemblies during this fall to the eight
winning schools. Attorney General Strange expressed special thanks to the Alabama
Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance for their continued financial support of the
Alabama Safe Schools Initiative.

  • In April, Attorney General Strange announced that he is reinstituting the Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative with a new emphasis on encouraging technological advances to deal with the challenges experienced by today’s
    schools and students. Nominations were received between April and June, and in August a panel of judges reviewed the nominations to determine a winner from each of the eight state school board districts.

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