Safe Schools Committee


  • Elbert County Safe Schools Operations Group
    Following the tragedy at Columbine High School, schools and first responders recognized the need for closer working relationships. Many years back the Elizabeth School District formed a safety committee which included local fire, police, and sheriff representatives to review policies and practices amongst all our schools. Through the past years this group adopted the Standard Response Protocols for all the schools in the district. This group also conducted table top trainings and created the working relationships needed for prevention and response to numerous situations. Over the past few years a gap was noticed. With the size of our county, a common language and response amongst all the independent school districts and the first responders could increase our capacity to deter and deal with emergencies. With this need identified, the Elbert County Safe Schools Operation Group was formed.
    Through quarterly meetings representatives from each school district, fire, police, sheriff, and emergency management coordinate and refine safety practices. The table top discussions and updates on individual schools, agencies and national topics lead to better training, coordinated response and prevention measures as well as stronger relationships among all the agencies.

    • Elbert County Safe Schools Operations Group
    • Shane Pynes, Committee Chair
    • Tim Norton, Sheriff's Department
    • Kara Gerczynski, Elizabeth Fire Department
    • Alex Jakubowski, Elbert County Emergency Management
    • Terry Wilson, Elizabeth Schools Transportation
    • Katie Klossner, PIO Elizabeth Schools
    • Marty Silva, Elizabeth Schools Director of Technology
    • Mike Scobee, Technology
    • Ron Patera, Elizabeth Schools Chief Financial Officer
    • Lloyd Nelson, Elizabeth Schools Maintenance
    • Lori Clark, District Nurse
    • Principals/Superintendents from County Wide School Districts
    • Pam Eschief, EMS Principal
    • Regina Montera, SHE Principal
    • Tammy Krueger, RCE Principal
    • Bret McClendon, EHS Principal
    • Rob McMullen, FHS Principal