Readout of the Federal Commission on School Safety's Third Regional Public Listening Session

Readout of the Federal Commission on School Safety's Third Regional Public Listening Session

August 7, 2018

The Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) held a listening session on August 7, 2018 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This forum provided an opportunity for members of the public to speak to the Commission about their views on how schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other local and state government agencies can improve school safety.

The Department of Education was represented by Deputy Secretary Mick Zais. The Department of Justice was represented by Jessica Hart, Public Liaison for the Office of Legislative Affairs. The Department of Homeland Security was represented by Todd Klessman, Senior Counselor to the Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate. The Department of Health and Human Services was represented by Dr. Anita Everett, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Chief Medical Officer.

"The primary responsibility for school safety rests with states and local communities... each community and each school must develop their own solutions," Deputy Secretary Zais said in his opening remarks.

The Commission listening session consisted of two roundtable discussions and a public input session:

Roundtable 1:

  • Jillian Balow, Superintendent of Wyoming Department of Education
  • Elsie Arntzen, Superintendent of the Montana Office of Public Instruction
  • Delbert McOmie, Director of the Wyoming State Construction Department
  • Affie Ellis, State Senator for Wyoming Senate District 8
  • Wendy Horman, State Representative for Idaho House District 30, Seat B
  • Michael Milstead, Sheriff of Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  • Christine Harms, Director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center
  • Stuart Coppedge, Principal at RTA Architects

Roundtable 2:

  • Peter Michael, Attorney General for the State of Wyoming
  • Keith Squires, Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety
  • Terryl Warner, Member of the Utah State Board of Education
  • Jane Goff, Member of the Colorado State Board of Education
  • Boyd Brown, Superintendent of Laramie County School District 1
  • Stacey Kern, Director of Special Services, Carbon County School District 1
  • Becky Juschka, School Resource Officer, Cheyenne Police Department
  • Danny Glick, Sheriff of Laramie County, Wyoming

Public Input Session