AASA Central | School Safety Update — September
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School Safety Update — September

Kalamazoo Public Schools: Relationships and Partnerships Make a Difference

(Pictured: Donald Webster, chief of campus security, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Mich.)

Under the long-time leadership of Superintendent Michael Rice, the Kalamazoo Public School District in Michigan continues to serve as an example for all others with safety planning and safety partnerships.

Donald Webster, the chief of campus security, and former deputy chief of police for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, has oversight for the PK-12 district and has the responsibility to coordinate and communicate the Kalamazoo safety plan to all public safety officials. Kalamazoo Public Schools serves more than 13,000 students in 26 school buildings with more than 400 acres and three jurisdictions.

In a school district that has local police, township and sheriff jurisdiction for school safety, the task is complex and time intensive. However, in this school district, the task is accomplished at a premium level due to the respect each entity has for the work that is collectively done for the safety and security of the school district.

Chief Karianna Thomas, Chief Bryan Ergang, and Sheriff Richard Fuller are public safety officials who recognize the importance of school partnership.

Donald Webster, KPS chief of campus security, routinely meets with public safety leaders to share opinions and insights, and to review best practices.

Kalamazoo Public Schools has prioritized safety and has recognized the importance of ongoing communication and a strong relationship with local law enforcement agencies.

Donald Webster serves the district as a high achieving safety leader.

Kalamazoo Public Schools is loudly commended for the work it continues to do with partnerships and relationships with school safety.

(Pictured: Prairie Ridge Elementary School)

Any school leader looking for additional information on partnerships and relationships pertaining to safety should call the AASA safety hotline at 571-480-0313

Respectfully submitted,

Joseph Erardi

AASA Safety Consultant

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