SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — The Texas School Safety Center at Southwest Texas State University will host the annual School Safety Summit Jan. 28-31 at the Holiday Inn-Airport South in Austin.
The Texas Governor’s Office awarded the center more than $420,000 in 1999 to establish itself and the summit. The center serves as a resource center for training and technical assistance, and the summit focuses on school-family-community mobilization to reduce youth violence and promote school safety.
This year’s summit will address school security, crisis planning and prevention, gang prevention, drug prevention, student council, bullying and much more. Speakers include Bill Modzelsky, executive director of the Safe & Drug Free Schools for the U.S. Department of Education and Ami Ceurvo with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. Keynote speaker and CEO of International Horizons Unlimited, Saul B. Wilen, will discuss Safety: A Cornerstone for Effective Learning.
In addition to the summit, the Texas School Safety Center hosted a statewide essay contest among middle school students on violence prevention and peace. Three winners were chosen and will be presented their awards on Monday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m. by Richard Nedelkoff, executive director of the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office. This year’s first place and $500 winner is Grace Lauren Holley, seventh-grader at L.F. Raynes Middle School in Crandall. The second place and $300 winner is Lauren Moore, eighth-grader at Sweetwater Middle School in Sweetwater. The third place and $200 winner is Ricky Flinn, a seventh-grader at Royse City Middle School in Royse City. The Texas Gang Investigators Association provided money for the essay winners.
VALIC-American General contributed $20,000 to provide all participants of the summit a safety packet containing the video, CD-ROM, and manual produced by the center.
The Texas School Safety Center is also co-sponsoring the Southwestern Regional Safe Schools Conference Feb.1 and 2 with the National Resource Center for Safe Schools, the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program - U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - U.S. Department of Justice
The Texas Summit runs $150 per participant and is open to everyone concerned with school safety. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome, provided seating is available. For more information, please contact Judy Renick at (512) 245-3696.