About the Conference
Welcome to the 2020 Texas Private School Safety Conference!
Because of tragedies on school campuses in recent years, school safety is under review nationwide. This scrutiny has resulted in great improvements in educational, technological, and infrastructural approaches to safety. The Texas Legislature has mandated certain standards be put into place at public and open charter schools and has provided substantial assistance in funding these changes.
Private schools, however, face a dilemma: how to meet and exceed the standards set for public schools without the same government assistance.
The 2020 TPSSC, taking place June 25-28, will bring in speakers from across the country to discuss recently mandated safety standards and explore the unique challenges that private schools of all types face today in providing a safe environment. The conference will also generate ideas on how we can effect—and fund—positive changes on our own campuses and communities.
Knowledge is the first line of defense in ensuring the safety of our staff and students. Join us, and together, we will seek to strengthen one other.
Registration for the conference, which will take place on the campus of San Marcos Academy in San Marcos, Texas, will open soon. Please leave your contact information, and we will let you know when registration has opened. For more information about the TPSSC, email TPSSC@smabears.org or call (512) 753–8005.
The mission of the Texas Private School Safety Conference is to support private schools in Texas as they seek to meet, exceed, and fund recommended campus safety standards set by research-based best practices and state/federal legislation.
The vision of the Texas Private School Safety Conference is to create opportunities for educators in Texas private schools to acquire safety training in order to create safe learning environments. Educators will learn to become attentive to their surroundings, confident in their decision-making, and willing to act in the best interest of their students’ mental and physical care.
For nearly a decade, Mr. Keyes has represented The “I Love U Guys” Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety.
Carly Posey is a national speaker and advocate for school safety. Two of her four children were inside Sandy Hook Elementary School when an armed man entered the building on December 14, 2012.
Cheryl L. Moores
Cheryl is a Victim Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Houston Division. She has over 20 years of experience working with victims of crime—the majority of which have been crimes against children.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Adcock served as a Reconnaissance Marine at 1st Reconnaissance Bn. in combat operations in Desert Storm.
Benscoter is an Air Force veteran who assisted with mission planning for Operation Red Flag and has spent the past 27-years serving private schools as a teacher, principal, and head of school.
Bobby Brasher is the Director of School Security for The Brook Hill School, a private, Christian, college preparatory, international boarding school with both day and boarding students in Bullard, Texas
Jeff Broaddus serves as Senior Associate for Broaddus & Associates, where his leadership experience enables him to be involved and committed to successful completion of projects.
Laura Colangelo is the Executive Director of the Texas Private Schools Association, an advocacy organization representing the over 870 private, accredited schools in Texas in the state legislature and in DC.
Dale E. Hackbarth
Hackbarth completed his 28 years of service as a Senior Corporal in the Special Weapons and Tactics Division (SWAT). He is now Director of Security at the St. Mark’s School of Texas, a position he has held since 2013.
Hays County Narcotics Task Force
In 1998 the Hays County Narcotics Task Force was created as a partnership between the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the San Marcos Police Department.
Christi Traver Pahl
Christi Pahl is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas who began working for the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a Victim Specialist in 2018, where she continues to work with crime victims and their families.
Tim Savoy is currently the chief communication officer for the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, which covers 220 square miles of territory just south of Austin.
Jeri Skrocki began her career with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 and worked her way to the senior rank of lieutenant.
In August of 2019, Kharley Smith was appointed to the State Division of Emergency Management to lead a statewide Disaster Recovery Task Force. She had previously served for three years as Hays County Emergency Services Director.
Tracy A. Spinner
Tracy A. Spinner currently is the Director of Comprehensive Health and Mental Health for Austin ISD.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Dan Weber served with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment from 2008-2012.
The 2020 TPSSC would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Please stop by their vendor booths during the conference and visit their websites to learn more about their products and services. Thank you, sponsors!
Conference participants who complete the training for CRASE and Stop the Bleed will receive certification in these areas.
CRASE—Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these events is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities’ public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats. Research has shown, however, that many of the mass attacks, or active attack events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene.
Civilians who find themselves embroiled in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active attack event is three minutes.
Without effective, preplanned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes. This course was designed in conjunction with Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) to provide first responders and other professionals with a model response program they can deliver to civilians within their communities.
Stop the Bleed
A bleeding injury can happen anywhere. We’ve all seen it happen too often—on the news or in everyday life. Life-threatening bleeding can happen in people injured in serious accidents or disasters. Instead of being a witness, you can become an immediate responder because you know how to stop bleeding.
The person next to a bleeding victim may very well be the one who’s most likely to save him or her from bleeding to death. By learning how to Stop the Bleed, you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and act quickly and effectively to control bleeding once you learn three quick techniques. Take the Stop the Bleed course and become empowered to make a life or death difference when a bleeding emergency happens.
Our instructors will teach you live—in person, using training materials specially developed to teach bleeding control techniques. They will not only instruct you, they will be available to check your movements as you practice three different bleeding control actions. They will keep working with you until you demonstrate the correct skills to stop bleeding and save a life.
For your convenience, TPSSC has reserved a block of rooms with discounted rates at the following hotels. Use the booking links provided if you need accommodations for your stay in San Marcos.