Press Release: Maryland Center For School Safety Selects First Executive Director
Former Montgomery County School Safety Director Edward Clarke Named To Position
For Immediate Release Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486
Baltimore, MD (December 16, 2013)
The Governing Board for the new Maryland Center for School Safety has selected veteran safety official Edward Clarke as its first Executive Director.
Clarke, a well-known expert in school security issues, served for six years as school safety and security director of the Montgomery County Public School System before starting his own consulting firm on public safety and school safety issues. Prior to joining the school system, he served for more than 24 years with the Montgomery County Police Department.
"Ensuring the safety of our children is a sacred duty and a top priority for our State," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "The opening of the Maryland Center for School Safety, along with adding $25 million in school safety funding in this year's budget, is yet another step in our ongoing effort to strengthen security for students and educators. Ed Clarke is the right person to lead that operation."
State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery agreed with the Governor. “Without secure schools and safe campuses, learning cannot take place,” said Dr. Lowery, who chairs the governing board of the new center. “We are fortunate to have found a leader who not only understands the imperative of safety, but the unique requirements of educational facilities.”