Upcoming Maine Security School Workshop

The Maine DOE is encouraging school staff to attend a Maine School Security Workshop to be held September 18 at Hampden Academy and September 19 at Westbrook Middle School.

The free workshop is designed for superintendents, principals, assistant principals, athletic administrators, school resource officers, facility and transportation directors, and others. Participants will receive training regarding aspects of school safety and security often overlooked at the local level, including the arrival of students and staff in the morning as well as after school and evening events. Takeaways will include the presentation of twenty simple strategies to safer and more effective schools, improving the climate and culture of security preparedness.

Jim Rier, Maine’s Commissioner of Education, will introduce the workshop. Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International, the world’s largest school safety center, will be the session’s lead presenter. Dorn has worked extensively with the Maine DOE to analyze and report the status of school security in Maine and recently helped develop a free school security guide on the Department’s behalf for our state’s schools entitled 20 Simple Strategies to Safer and More Effective Schools. Lyndon Keck, principal of PDT Architects, will present information on school building security. Keck worked with the Maine DOE to survey building security for a sample distribution of school buildings across Maine.

This workshop is sponsored by the Department, Maine School Management Association, and the Maine Principals’ Association.

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Register online here.

For more information about this event, please contact Maine Principal’s Association’s Dick Durost at ddurost@MPA.cc or 207-622-0217, Maine School Management’s Connie Brown at cbrown@msmaweb.com or 207-622-3473 or Maine DOE’s Pat Hinckley at pat.hinckley@maine.gov or 207-624-6886.

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