National school safety expert to address community on bullying, school safety - August 01, 2011

Record Number: 7679
Displayed from: Aug 01, 2011 , until: Aug 15, 2011

Fort Wayne Community Schools invites parents and the community to hear nationally known school safety expert Ken Trump talk about bullying and other school safety issues at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in the Anthis Career Center auditorium, 1200 S. Barr St. Trump is president of National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland, Ohio-based national consulting firm specializing in school security and school emergency/crisis preparedness training and assessments. Trump served as founder and supervisor of the nationally recognized Youth Gang Unit for the school safety division of the Cleveland City Schools and as a suburban Cleveland school security director. He also served as assistant director of a federal funded anti-gang task force for three Cleveland suburbs. Trump was invited by Fort Wayne Community Schools to work with staff and administrators in two sessions during the day on Aug. 15. One session will focus on how to strategically approach and communicate on bullying issues, and the other will focus on board meeting and central office security. In the evening, Trump will address parents and the community. Bullying is a serious concern of many students, parents and educators," Trump said. "There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about bullying. I look forward to talking with FWCS leaders and the school community on practical steps they can take to put bullying into perspective as well as preventing it and addressing it when it does occur. Fort Wayne Community Schools has long had policies in place to address bullying and believes it is critical to take the issue seriously. With that in mind, FWCS leaders decided it was important for Trump to work not only with staff but with the community at large. "It is critical that our students, staff and parents feel safe in our schools," FWCS Security Director John H. Weicker said. "To maintain a secure environment requires everyone to play a role. People at every level need to know what to look for and how to react in situations. We know parents and students are particularly concerned about what they can do about bullying, and we hope many will take advantage of this opportunity to hear a renowned expert speak on the subject." The evening session is free and open to the public.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.