Friday, February 02, 2007

Union City Schools Security Professionals

On Thursday, February 1, 2007, all security personnel of the Union City, New Jersey school district participated in a training program entitled, Responsibilities of a School Security Professional. The training took place at the Education Center of the Union City Board of Education on Bergen Turnpike in Union City. The program was a collaborative effort made possible through the leadership of Frank Acinapura, Educational Director of Facilities and School Safety for the Union City Board of Education, and Ed Petersen of Buckley Petersen Global.

The Union City School District has a community centered educational philosophy and is recognized across the nation as an urban leader with award winning school and high student test scores. Some highlights of the districts recent accolades and awards are:
  • Hudson Elementary School – named a National Title I Distinguished School, one of just two in New Jersey and fifty-three nationwide.
  • Title I Distinguished Teachers – Gail Blake and Carol Kelly were honored by the Department of Education recently as Title I distinguished teachers.
  • Woodrow Wilson School received the prestigious national award by the United States Department of Education, the 2004 NCLB Blue Ribbon School Award.
  • The Governors School of Excellence for 2005 was Jose Marti Middle School, one of twenty-two statewide to be honored.
  • Apple Computer recognized the "Pod-people" literary program as one of only fifteen schools nationwide for the prestigious T.H.E. Innovation Award.
Complimenting these achievements is the Union City School Districts dedication to security and safety as exemplified in today's program. As the main speaker for the training, it was an honor to develop the training agenda, train at this extraordinary school district and work with the security professionals dedicated to the district schools and the Union City community.


Painting a Picture
  • The Culture of Violence
  • Crisis of Leadership
  • Shattered Communities
  • Drug and Alcohol Alert
  • Discussion of Hudson County gang activity and presentation of the film, Gangs, Guns and Drugs by the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey.
The U.S. Secret Service
  • Safe School Initiative
School Safety Professionals Call to Action
  • Responsibilities
  • Self-Esteem
  • Communication Principles
  • General Orders
  • Code of Ethics
  • Diversity
  • Sexual Harassment
Trade Secrets for School Security Professionals

Character Education

  • Early Warning Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools by the U.S. Department of Education
Icons of Leadership

Tribute to American Military Sacrifices

Union City Schools Click here to visit site
Visit the U.S. Department of Education Safe and Drug Free Schools Click here to visit site
Rachel's Challenge – Character Education Click here to visit site

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