The Texas Approach to School Safety: From Policy to Practice


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM


In response to an increase in media coverage of mass shootings, safety and security in schools has become a priority among policy makers and practitioners. The state of Texas has taken steps to address the complex challenge of student safety in a holistic way. With the passage of a comprehensive school safety and security bill, school districts are tackling this issue in a variety of ways. Experts in educational facility design, law enforcement, and school administration will walk through the five key components of Senate Bill 11 including newly proposed facility design standards, share useful tools and resources developed specifically for school officials and design professionals, and discuss case studies on the implementation of safety and security measures in existing and future school facilities.

#1: Learn about the five key components of Texas Senate Bill 11
#2: Learn about existing and proposed Texas Education Agency school facility standards which now include safety and security provisions
#3: Better understand the complexities of practical implementation of safety and security measures
#4: Learn about tools and resources available for decision makers of school safety impacting facilities and operations

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

Kerri Ranney, AIA, Esq., REFP, Vice President of Educational Practice, Huckabee
Kerri focuses on educational planning, educational research, school safety / security and change management. She helps clients shape the learning experience by facilitating in-depth conversations and explorations on vision, curriculum and space. Her passion for education is infectious, and she has a knack for inspiring clients to think deeply about the learning experience and the built environment. Kerri is currently leading the charge to rewrite the School Facility Standards for the State of Texas. She also plays an important leadership role at LEx Labs, Huckabee’s educational research center at Baylor University, where our firm is working with Midway ISD and ESC Region 12 to conduct studies on flexibility and professional learning. She was recently appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas School Safety Center Board and is the first architect to be named to the 15-member board.

Craig Miller, Chief of Police (Retired), Dallas ISD Police Department
Chief Miller has a law enforcement background that distinguishes him from all other Use of Force experts. Prior to becoming the Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief over all criminal investigations in the City of Dallas, Chief Miller was the Homicide Lieutenant. In this assignment he oversaw hundreds of murder investigations as well as directly leading the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). In this assignment he was directly responsible for leading Officer Involved Shootings (OIS) and Death in Custody investigations. Additionally, Chief Miller is now the Chief of Police for the 14th largest US public school system with 159,000 students and 20,000 employees with an $18 million operating budget. Chief Miller started his career in 1982 and progressed all the way through the ranks of the Dallas Police Department, the 9th largest US police department. During his career he served as a Patrol Watch Commander, Narcotics Commander, Tactical Services (bomb squad) Commander and ultimately the chief over all the criminal investigation detectives responsible for all assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, murders and the CSI function for 1.2 million people. Chief Miller has a BA from the University of Memphis in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Southwest Legal Command Management Supervisors Course from the University of Texas at Dallas. Additionally, Chief Miller is a Master Texas Peace Officer and a certified Texas law enforcement instructor.

Suzanne Marchman, Director of Client Communications, Huckabee
Suzanne has extensive experience working in and for public education at the state and local levels. She spent 10 years as a high school teacher, worked in the communications department at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and served as Chief Communications Officer for a central-Texas school district. She is passionate about engaging communities to become advocates for student success. Suzanne understands the challenges that face our schools and thrives on finding personalized solutions to meet each district’s unique needs. 

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