The Bulloch County school system is seeking someone with law enforcement experience for the new position of district director of school safety, and Tuesday is the deadline for applications.
An informal committee made up of Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson, Board of Education Chairman Mike Sparks and District 3 board member Dr. Stuart Tedders led in drafting the job description. Copies were given to board members at the July 12 board meeting, but Sparks said the description would not be made public until it was posted for job seekers.
The Statesboro Herald then filed a Georgia Open Records Act request for the job description July 13, and received the document July 17, which was within three business days as allowed by law. School system staff members also posted the job opportunity that same day with a link to the school system website, www.bulloch.k12.ga.us. The notice gives July 31 as the deadline for applicants.
As of Thursday evening, the Bulloch County Schools human resources department had received six or seven completed applications, and several other individuals had expressed interest, said Human Resources Director Phillip Tremble.
No expected salary has been announced for the school safety director, who would report directly to the superintendent. Wilson, who must recommend any new hire to the Board of Education, said a committee will be formed to review the applications and schedule interviews.
“But the plans are to hire someone in the near future,” he said Friday.
In meetings over the past few months, board members expressed support for hiring a safety director as part of a new focus on protecting schools. The board has not voted to create the position, but new positions in the school system are often created simply by hiring someone for the job.
“Yes, the formal action occurs when that person is approved by the board,” Wilson said.
The job description calls for someone with “at least five years of law enforcement, or related experience.” A high school diploma is the minimum level of education, but “secondary education is preferred.”
Another line of the description states “must be currently a P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officer” but again adds “or related experience.” P.O.S.T. is the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, which oversees police academy programs.
To lead training
The safety director “will be required to conduct and perform the physical aspects of various trainings such as, but not limited to: Active Shooter training, Run-Hide-Fight training, self-defense training, gang intervention training, intruder alert training and other trainings associated with school safety as required by supervisor,” the notice states.
It states that the director would coordinate all school safety policies and programs, plan school-based safety education programs for students, faculty and staff and work with emergency service providers and the community in planning school crisis response programs. The director is expected to provide oversight to school safety committees and to represent the school system in safety matters at various organizations.
A criminal background check that complies with school board policy is also required.