The state Office of Safe Schools still finds value in the process, even if the numbers are off, said Director Brooks Rumenik. #

The Office of Safe Schools is tasked with promoting and supporting safe learning environments by addressing issues of student safety and academic success on state, district, and school levels. It tracks among other issues the impact of bullying, hazing, Internet safety, underage drinking, and student drug testing. #

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