Coordinator of School Safety and Security 

The Coordinator of School Safety and Security is responsible for managing the district's security programs and for providing direct support to school principals. The Coordinator of Safety works under the direct supervision of the Chief of School Operations to address the safety needs of students and staff in all district schools and programs.

The Safety and Security Office is the intake point for emergency communications with schools and with emergency responders. The office manages the district’s emergency response protocols involving severe weather, fire or police emergencies and any other threats that have the potential to impact school safety.

One of the Coordinator's most critical responsibilities is to provide daily support and consultation to school principals. Questions related to security, safety or police protocols are jointly assessed and resolved in a problem solving approach.  Consultation may involve the police, the appropriate grade level assistant superintendent or legal counsel. The objective is to provide the best and most effective solutions to complex legal or behavioral questions.

When critical incidents occur in schools, the Coordinator works closely with first responders to ensure that the most appropriate resources are employed to maintain the safety of students and staff.

CONTACT

Joe Balles, Coordinator of School Safety and Security
jballes@madison.k12.wi.us
608.663.1632Doyle Room 110

District Safety & Security Team

The District Safety and Security Team is responsible for the implementation and district compliance of Act 143 and the MMSD school safety plan. Specific responsibilities include: identification of implications for Act 143, onsite safety assessments, implementation and revisions of a district safety plan, collaboration with law enforcement, staff trainings (such as mandatory reporting, active threats, trauma sensitive schools, and so on).

Represented roles include:

  • Chief of Schools - Operations
  • General Counsel
  • Executive Director of Building and Administrative Services
  • Director of Student Services Operations and Accountability
  • Safety and Security Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Coordinator of Intensive Support and Critical Response
  • Risk Manager

District Critical Response Team

The District Critical Response Team supports schools and to ensure their needs are being met during a critical event.

Represented roles include:

  • Chief of Staff
  • Chief of Schools - Operations 
  • Director of Student Services Operations and Accountability
  • Executive Director of Student & Staff Support
  • Director of Media and Government Relations
  • Coordinator of Safety and Security
  • Coordinator of Intensive Support and Critical Response
  • Communications Coordinator