Superintendent Joins Governor's Safety Group

Lakota Superintendent Joins Governor DeWine’s School Safety Working Group
Posted on 12/18/2019
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ohio homeland security logoLakota Local Schools Superintendent Matthew Miller has been named to Governor Mike DeWine’s new School Safety Working Group.

Governor DeWine called for the creation of the working group in August when announcing the development of the Ohio School Safety Center, a new statewide office focused on assisting educators and law enforcement in preventing, preparing for, and responding to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm. The working group, which will be led by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, will evaluate current issues regarding school safety and advise the Ohio School Safety Center on its work.

"Members of this working group all have a common goal of making Ohio's schools as safe as they possibly can be," said Governor DeWine. "I'm confident that this group will be a great asset as they work to promote a safe environment for Ohio's school students and school employees." 

The group, which is comprised of experts in education, public safety, mental health, emergency management and others, will meet at least quarterly to discuss current trends and issues regarding school safety. “I’m honored to have been nominated to serve on the School Safety Working Group,” said Miller. “The safety and security of our schools is always our number one priority at Lakota. I’m pleased to know that Governor DeWine has included a mental health component to the School Safety Working Group,” he continued. “The governor’s commitment to school safety is evident in the creation of this new committee.”

Lakota Schools has partnered with MindPeace to bring mental health counselors into its schools. The district has 15 in-school therapists with the expectation to be in all 23 buildings by May.

Members of the group will be tasked with identifying gaps in resources and funding, developing best practices and model policies and discussing current trends in school safety. Miller is one of just two superintendents on the committee.

“Our safety plans are never complete,” said Miller. “We are always working with our law enforcement partners to improve the safety of our schools.” The district’s safety committee, which includes district administrators, school board members, first responders and emergency management, meets regularly to evaluate safety plans. The district announced new safety measures, including the addition of the Bearacade Door Control System, earlier this year.