Key roles include emergency/crisis planning and training
The Bulloch County Board of Education has approved a school safety director for the district to oversee emergency and crisis planning and ensure employees and students are well trained in safety on a consistent basis. This is another key action by the Board to help ensure safer schools in addition to approval of identified safety and security upgrades for all schools to be paid for with ESPLOST IV funds.
During the Board’s September 13 meeting, Superintendent Charles Wilson recommended Todd Mashburn, a local, 25-year veteran law enforcement officer, for the position as part of the meeting’s slate of personnel recommendations. Mashburn and other personnel were unanimously approved by the Board. He will assume his new role on October 1.
“I am honored and privileged to continue my service to the citizens of Bulloch County,” Mashburn said. “I am excited and ready to embrace the challenges of ensuring our schools, the people who work in them, and our children are protected.”
The school district posted the position in July, and received 13 applications. Mashburn was one of three applicants selected to be interviewed from the applicants. The three finalists were asked to participate in two interviews with two separate committees made up of teachers and school administrators. Mashburn was the lead candidate after that process.
Superintendent Wilson hosted a series of community conversations about school safety in February and March. After supplying the Board a categorized transcript of all the oral and written feedback received from parents and the community at those forums, the Board discussed school safety at multiple meetings where support for hiring a dedicated safety director developed.
Board Chairman Mike Sparks and District 3 Board Member Stuart Tedders led the effort to draft a job description that addressed needs identified by the community, employees and the Board. The position has a base salary of $75,000.
In accordance with the job description, Mashburn will coordinate all school safety policies and programs, including emergency and crisis response programs, school-based safety education for students and employees, and working with local, state and national safety partners who are critical for incident planning, coordination and response.
Mashburn, a former law enforcement officer with the Statesboro Police Department (1994-1998) and the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office (1998-2018), rose to the rank of captain, and most recently led the BCSO’s Training Division. He has extensive experience with implementing site-based safety and security training, a key skill the school district was seeking to support principals and bus supervisors.
Mashburn’s noted strengths are his extensive law enforcement experience, his skills with strategic and tactical planning, and his ability to identify and implement safety training opportunities. He brings more than 20 state and national emergency and crisis response certifications and instructor-level certifications to the school system.
A graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies, Mashburn was also nominated to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and is a Session 242 graduate and a graduate of the Georgia Police Academy. The F.B.I. also chose him to attend its Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (A.L.E.R.R.T.), where he became an Active Shooter Defense Instructor for the law enforcement team.
“I promise to do my best to help make our schools a model for school safety,” Mashburn added.