Mayor discusses school security and Pine Bluff High School relocation


As a former educator, Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington has strong opinions about education in the city, particularly school security.

On Tuesday, Washington appeared on the Oldies 101.3 morning show and talked about the incident that occurred at Pine Bluff High School Monday.

Washington said she believed one of the first steps that should be taken is to bring in a certified security firm to give the city and the district a security plan and then work on that plan. Police Chief Lloyd Franklin Sr., has said he has had difficulty in the past communicating with School District Superintendent Barbara Warren, and Washington was asked if she thought Warren would be receptive to such a plan.

Warren has talked about relocating Pine Bluff High School and Washington was asked if she thought that was a good idea.

She was also asked if the City would have any say in the decision or if it would be up to Warren and State Education Department Director Johnny Key.