| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2003
School Safety Conference
The Illinois State Board of Education will be hosting
a one-day conference in Springfield on March 21, 2003,
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel focusing on the roles and responsibilities
of students, school personnel, law enforcement, and the
community at large in reducing threats and ensuring that
schools are safe and conducive to learning.
School administrators and students from Heath High School,
Columbine High School, and Santana High School will share
their thoughts about what they learned from the tragic
school shootings that they experienced in their schools.
The panel presentation headed by Bill Bond (former
Principal, West Paducah, KY), Jon DeStefano (Board
President, Columbine High School), and Karen Degischer
(Principal, Santana High School) will include students
from each of these schools who will share their insights
and answer questions of importance to members of the audience.
The conference is especially designed and intended for
students as well as adults from the school, social service,
and law enforcement communities.
Featured speakers will include William Modzeleski,
Director, U.S. Department of Education, Safe and Drug
Free Schools Program who will share his thoughts on school
safety from the federal perspective and the latest school
safety initiatives from the U.S. Department of Education,
and Jason Dorsey, 24 old year national spokesperson,
founder of the Institute to End School Violence, and Author
of “Ending School Violence-Solutions from America’s
Youth”. Other topical presentations will include
sessions on legal issues in school safety, violence prevention,
and the student school safety audit.
The conference will be held from at 9:00-3:00 and is
open to the public. Onsite registration begins at 8:00.
The registration fee of $25.00 includes continental breakfast,
lunch and all conference materials. Additional information
about the conference is available from Diane Taylor, registration
coordinator, at 618-395-8626.