Weatherford Democrat

December 30, 2013

Aledo ISD honored for preparedness

Weatherford Democrat

— Staff Reports

Aledo ISD has become the first recipient of a Texas School Safety Center Certificate of Excellence, which recognizes the district’s dedication to school safety and security.

Victoria Calder, director of the Texas School Safety Center, announced the honor to district officials during the December board meeting, noting that a more formal awards ceremony will be conducted after winter break. Icy weather on Dec. 6 delayed the original presentation.

The certificate of excellence, Calder said, recognizes the culture of preparedness that the district has created through its ongoing school safety initiatives. Those efforts included a week-long multi-hazard emergency planning for schools training program that a team of city, county and school officials attended in late October at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md.

“The course, a highly competitive one in which to participate, provides select school district teams with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to enhance and sustain an all-hazard school emergency program,” said Calder. “It takes a strong team of dedicated school and community officials to participate in this program. Aledo ISD exemplifies those traits and was able to bring back valuable skill sets to further enhance school safety and security.”

AISD Deputy Superintendent Lynn McKinney told the school board that the Aledo ISD-Parker County team was the lone representative from the state of Texas to participate in the special training.

“It’s a grant-funded school safety program that, once finalized, will be shared with other school districts across the nation,” she said.

To learn more about Texas School Safety Center initiatives, visit the website at