School Safety and Security

March 1st - 2nd, 2019 • Dallas, Texas

Public education is being scrutinized today. Safety for school children has the nation’s attention. Every aspect of educational safety and security is under review and school districts are contemplating best practices to employ to safeguard both students and staff.

This School Safety and Security Workshop Event will take a deeper dive into the issues related to school safety and security as well as the short/ long term solutions that are being developed by numerous entities impacting the education sector.

These solutions should include aspects of all or some of the following topics:

  • School Facilities: including facilities assessment tools, site planning, CPTED principles utilized, and school design measures taken
  • Policy and Procedures: demonstrate unique board policy solutions and the procedures employed to enforce them
  • Preparedness and Response: describe measures adopted to prepare and respond to emergency situations
  • Educators, Students, and the Community: Share unique programs for educators, students and community such as mental health initiatives, reporting programs, behavioral health and wellness programs, etc. and design issues related to the implementation of these.

Symposium Schedule

March 1, 2019
12:30 pm Registration Check-in
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Welcome
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm School Security: “A Work in Progress”
Phil Santore
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Phil Santore
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm “SafetEEE in Numbers”
Joe Vela, AIA, Principal, Aedis Architects
Cheryl Galloway, Manager of Facilities Use, Safety and Energy, Gilroy Unified School District

Creating secure school campuses is a complex task that is critical for all school districts but can be cost prohibitive. Gilroy Unified School District in Norther California has gone beyond basic state and education code requirements to increase school safety using three E’s – Engagement, Environment, and Education. In this workshop, learn about utilizing internationally recognized safety programs, implementing simple measures at schools, and collaboratively designing sites to increase safety and security across the board.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will create a step-by-step plan for improving safety and security at their school districts.
  • Participants will learn of experiences, pitfalls and successes shared by District staff and the design Architect.
  • This workshop enables administration, M&O, and Facilities Managers to use Engagement, Environment, and Education to cost effectively improve SafetEEE in Numbers on all district sites.
  • Participants will walk away with a plan to implement design elements, increase engagement, and educate school community members on making a safer place for all students to thrive and learn.
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour – Location TBD
March 2, 2019
8:00 am – 9:30 am “Designing for Emerging Threats in School Security and Safety with CPTED”
Facilitator and Presenter:
Randy Atlas, Ph.D., FAIA, CPP
9:45 am – 11:00 am “Well Students, Safe Schools”
Dr. Poonam Desai, Ph.D., LSSP, NCSP, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Dallas Independent School District
Dr. Giyoung Park, Senior Design Researcher, HKS, Inc.
Ashley Flores, Education Strategist, HKS, Inc.
11:00 am – 11:30 am Networking Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch Working Session with Randy Atlas continued – “Legal Issues”
Randy Atlas, Ph.D., FAIA, CPP
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm “Designing and Implementing Low-Cost, High-Impact Solutions to Safety and Security: A Case Study”
Michael McCullar, Executive Director, Construction & Planning, Comal Independent School District
Joseph McKenna, Ph.D., Director of Safety and Security, Comal Independent School District
Andrew Kim, Superintendent, Comal Independent School District

This session will highlight safety and security strategies implemented in a fast-growing public school district in central Texas, with a focus on high-impact and low cost solutions. With all educational institutions being mindful of budget, but also needing to ensure the safety of security of their students and learning environment, solutions such as these are attractive, and in some cases necessary. The presenters will discuss, from a design and building standpoint, as well as a policy and procedure standpoint, the implementation of a lockdown alert system, building access control improvements, the design of new schools, and other features implemented to improve safety and security across the district.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will become familiar with the safety challenges of a fast-growing central Texas school district as well as the low cost high impact solutions to address these challenges.
  • Participants will learn about how these low-cost, high-impact solutions were designed and implemented in a variety of different school throughout the district.
  • Participants will learn about the policies and procedures designed to support the implementation and use of these new solutions.
  • Participants will learn about design features that this district has worked into new construction to support safety and security.
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm School District Presentation – “A Response to Governor Abbott's Plan to Address School Safety”
Scott Collins, Chief of Police, Aubrey ISO Police Department
Tony Chojnowski, Chief Operating Officer, True North Consulting Group
Mikayla Jacob, Licensed Master Social Worker, Inpatient Psychotherapist
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Session TBD
4:45 pm Closing

Presenter Bios

Randy Atlas Randy Atlas

Randy Atlas is America's only architect / criminologist. Atlas received his Doctorate of Criminology from Florida State University, a Masters in Architecture from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from University of South Florida. Atlas is president of Atlas Safety & Security Design Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a registered architect in Florida, nationally accredited with National Council Architectural Registration Board (N.C.A.R.B.), and is a Fellow with the American Institute of Architects. Dr. Atlas is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from the ASIS International, and past chairman of the ASIS Security Architecture and Engineering Council, and an appointed member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Premises Security Committee. Atlas is a professor at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches a CPTED course on line for the schools of Architecture and Criminal Justice. He is a member of the Florida Design Out Crime network, the International CPTED Association, a member of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners, and the International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals. Dr. Atlas is a nationally recognized trainer and author on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Atlas authored the book 21st Century Security and CPTED in 2008, and the new 2nd Edition in 2013. Dr. Atlas has conducted a risk vulnerability assessment security survey for many school environments including: Georgetown University; Tennessee State University; Harvard University Science Building; Barry University; University of Louisville; Ohio State University; University of Miami; and the Clark Country School District in Las Vegas; Bibb County Georgia: Chicago School District, Lowell MA School District, Richmond VA School District, Broward County School District.
Phil Santore Phil Santore
Vice President, Managing Principal

Phil has over 38 years of experience in consulting and design engineering for several commercial, educational, federal and high risk facilities. He possesses extensive experience and knowledge in Threat and Risk Assessments and Security Program Development. His extensive background in electronic security countermeasures development is conceived in the context of practical applications as a result of significant years of professional contracting management, equipment procurement, and installation oversight. His expertise is also a participant in the development of security, facility, and law enforcement personnel interaction with security components and systems as necessary to affect an intuitive and efficient man/machine interface.
Joe Vela, AIA
Aedis Architects

Joe has 35 years of construction experience. He has worked on a wide variety of building types from private projects, prisons, churches, police stations, fire stations, hospitals and education projects. For the past 23 years, Joe has focused on educational architecture. Joe has also worked in the public safety sector as firefighter, EMT, and for the Sherriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team. He has used these experiences to assist in designing safe and secure projects.
Cheryl Galloway
Manager of Facilities Use, Safety and Energy
Gilroy Unified School District
Dr. Poonam Desai
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Dallas Independent School District

Dr. Desai is a licensed psychologist and a licensed specialist in school psychology. She currently serves as a school psychologist in the Dallas Independent School District and previously served as a mental health trainer at Momentous Institute.
Dr. Giyoung Park
Senior Design Researcher
HKS, Inc.

Dr. Giyoung Park is an environmental psychologist and registered architect. She serves as a senior design researcher at HKS and studies human wellbeing and behavior in relation to environmental design.
Ashley Flores
Education Strategist
HKS, Inc.

In the Education Studio at HKS, Ashley serves as Vice President and Education Strategist and works to advance teaching and learning through the built environment. Ashley formerly served as Director of Planning and Special Projects at the Dallas Independent School District, leading the effort to reimagine the educational experience for students through the implementation of personalized learning districtwide. She started her career as a middle school Spanish teacher and coach of new teachers.
Michael McCullar
Executive Director, Construction & Planning
Comal Independent School District

Michael McCullar is the Executive Director of Construction and Planning for Comal ISD. In this role, he oversees the maintenance and operations of district facilities, as well as the building and construction of new facilities. Mr. McCullar holds a B.S. in Agricultural development from Texas A&M as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Texas State University.
Joseph McKenna, Ph.D.
Director of Safety and Security
Comal Independent School District

Dr. Joe McKenna is the Director of Safety and Security for Comal ISD, and oversees all safety and security efforts for the district. Dr. McKenna holds a B.S in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and an M.S and Ph.D. from Texas State University.
Andrew Kim
Comal Independent School District
Scott Collins
TCOLE Master Peace Officer
Chief of Police
Aubrey ISD Police Department

Scott Collins is the Chief of Police and Emergency Manager for Aubrey ISD Police Department. Chief Collins is cross-trained in Police, Fire, and EMS and has worked with the learning community to prevent and mitigate school threats and upgrade school security. Collins is a certified instructor who enjoys teaching school-based law enforcement and emergency management to his peers and the community. He has earned numerous honors and advanced certifications in his chosen profession.
Tony Chojnowski
Chief Operating Officer
True North Consulting Group

Tony Chojnowski is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Security and Technology Consultant for True North Consulting Group. Mr. Chojnowski is experienced in security and technology systems project management; premise physical security systems, including electronic access control, intrusion detection, and video surveillance systems; and voice, data, and video cabling infrastructure. Chojnowski leads a team that has assisted numerous school districts in assessing current security practices/tools and developing multi-year plans for improvement.
Mikayla Jacob
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Inpatient Psychotherapist

Mikayla Jacob is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She currently serves as a Special Education Counselor with Lewisville Independent School District, as well as Inpatient Psychotherapist for Carrollton Springs Hospital in the DFW metroplex. Ms. Jacob has experience with supporting and responding to the health, safety, and welfare needs of all members of the learning community. She is a published author, speaker, trainer, and advocate of high-quality mental health treatment for all ages.

Call for Speakers

The Association is seeking presentations for the upcoming School Safety and Security Workshop Event to be held in Dallas, Texas on March 1-2, 2019.

We invite potential speakers to submit presentations of solutions that are being employed by school districts around the country.

Please note the sessions are to be educational in nature. Sales, product, or marketing presentations will not be accepted.

Submit your proposal!

Call for Presentations Closes: January 17, 2019


Commercial Member: $250
Commercial Non-Member: $450
School District Member: $200
School District Non-Member: $250
Student: $50



The symposium will be held at:
HKS Architects
350 N Saint Paul Street
Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75201

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Suggested Hotels

A4LE does not have a preferred hotel property. Participants are encouraged to make reservations close to HKS corporate offices.

Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
400 North Olive Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Cambria Dallas
Cambria Hotel & Suites
1907 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75201