Discussions about police dropping in to interact with students could help foster more positive relationships between law enforcement and students as well, he said.
Finally, teachers and students will discuss their perspectives "from the front lines," Goodwin said. They can provide ideas law enforcement officials might not consider, including how safety measures can affect day-to-day operations in the school.
A lot has been done to make schools safe in the state, Goodwin said. But after acts of school violence across the country - culminating in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School - Goodwin said everyone needs to understand the potential for such a threat locally.
He's invited Lisa Petrovich, a Weirton native who has lived in Sandy Hook, Conn, for the last 18 years, to speak about the impact a school shooting tragedy can have on a community.
He also cited an incident last year in Ravenswood, where students told police about another student who mentioned having a hit list and a gun. The student was arrested and said he was driven to think about the act because he couldn't stand being bullied any more.
"I don't know what got that young man to that place, but if that student hadn't stepped forward and told the prevention resource officer about that encounter that he had, then it could have resulted in a horrible tragedy," Goodwin said. "Not only for the people on the hit list, but for the kid who thought that was the only thing that they could do to make it stop."
For the last 18 months Goodwin has visited schools to discuss the damaging effects of bullying. He said he thinks his role as a prosecuting attorney is to focus just as much on preventing crime as reacting to it.
He thinks there is a direct connection between bullying at schools and people ending up in a courtroom.
He also said his office is going to ramp up its prosecution of gun-related crimes.
"In my day job, that's something that we're going to be focusing on more," Goodwin said.
"We've always prosecuted crimes where people who shouldn't have them are possessing them: felons in possession, drug users in possession, people who have been identified as mentally defective in possession of a firearm. We've always prosecuted those crimes. We are going to step up our efforts in that regard as well," he said.
Goodwin and his office will put together a report on the event findings. He said that could take some time, but he hopes it works as a guide for local, practical solutions that school systems and law enforcement can carry out without policy changes.
Televisions will be in the lobby of the Culture Center to stream the event for those who can't get a seat. Although Goodwin doubts they can stream the event online, the videos will eventually be posted to YouTube.
Box lunches will be served to those in attendance, he said. Goodwin said he didn't think the cost for the event would exceed $25,000. It is being funded mostly by the Division of Justice and Community Service.
More information is available at wvsafeschools.org.