Safety Supervisor Receives State Award

Safety Supervisor Receives State Award
Posted on 08/01/2018
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Katie Gillespie, Safety Security and Emergency Management Supervisor was recently named the State Administrator of the Year by the Washington School Safety Organization. Katie Gillespie came to Franklin Pierce Schools four years ago to serve to serve in a new role in the district. In her position, she supports staff and students throughout the district to prevent and respond to emergency situations.

Ms. Gillespie’s work ranges from working with a district safety team to create protocols designed to make students, staff and schools more safe, professional development for staff across the district, coordination with local first responder and law enforcement agencies, and bringing best practices in safety and security to Franklin Pierce Schools.

The landscape of school safety has changed drastically in recent years. In addition to preparing for a potential fire or earthquake, schools now prepare with active shooter trainings and employ various levels of lockdown in the event of internal or local events that could cause a threat to students or staff. The Safety Security and Emergency Management Supervisor ensures that Franklin Pierce Schools is well-prepared to anticipate and respond to emergencies.

While Franklin Pierce teachers and principals keep safety at the front of their minds, Katie provides a tremendous level of support to respond to emergencies throughout the district. By maintaining close ties with local law enforcement agencies, the district received important information that could impact staff and students. Beyond the district, she is an integral part of the Pierce County K-12 Working Group and has facilitated several multi-agency efforts to enhance school safety.

The Washington School Safety Officer Organization selected Ms. Gillespie for the organization’s inaugural administrator award. She received the award at a statewide gathering in Wenatchee among school safety officers and administrators from across the state.

As we look to start a new school year, remember: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Our greatest source of information and prevention lives within informed and engaged students, families and staff. For additional resources about safety in Franklin Pierce Schools visit: http://fpschools.org/for_parents/safety_and_security.