The Maryland Safe to Learn Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 1265) was signed into law by Governor Hogan on April 10, 2018, and it significantly altered and expanded the role of the Maryland Center for School Safety. The legislation established the School Safety Subcabinet, and School Safety Advisory Board. The Subcabinet serves as the regulatory authority and as the governing board of the Center, and its members are identified in statute.
The Advisory Board serves as counsel to the Subcabinet, and is chaired by Dr. George Arlotto, Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
The Advisory Board serves as counsel to the Subcabinet, and is chaired by Dr. George Arlotto, Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The Governor selects the Chair from current Advisory Board membership. The Advisory Board represents a number of agencies and stakeholder groups, and they are as follows:
Katherine Klausmeier, Maryland State Senate
Eric Ebersole, Maryland House of Delegates
Karin Bailey, Maryland Association of Boards of Education
Dr. Kellie Anderson, School Psychologist
Pamela Gaddy, Maryland State Education Association
James T. Bell, Parent of a Public School Student
Lourdes Padilla, Secretary, Department of Human Services
Sam Abed, Secretary, Department of Juvenile Service
Sheriff Scott Adams, Maryland Sheriffs’ Association
Chief Paul Kifer, Maryland Chief's of Police Association
Laurel Moody, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
David Engel, Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center
Claire Cabral, Maryland Association of Student Councils
Dr. Sharon A. Hoover, Center for School Mental Health
Megan Berger, Disability Rights Maryland
Dr. Jodi Colman, School Principal
Captain Patrick D. Herring, Parent of a Child with Disabilities
Thomas E. Alban, Representative of a Non-Public School
Manfred Reek, Representative of School Bus Drivers
Nicholas Shockney, Special Education Administrator, Carroll County Public Schools
Lee-Nadine Oppenheim, Non-Public Special Education Facility
Scott Tiffin, Maryland Association of School-Based Health
Detective Lawrence E. Smith, Balt. City School Police, MD Association of SROs.
A member of the public is invited to attend and observe any open meeting session but may not participate in the session unless the meeting agenda specifically includes a section for public testimony or comment.
Please be advised that some Advisory Board minutes and footage may move into a closed session, if needed, pursuant to Maryland Code, § 3- 305 of the General Provisions Article.
View archived Advisory Board meeting agendas, minutes, and documentation prior to the 2019-2020 school year.
As a group of diverse students from across the state, the members of the MCSS Student Focus Group address pertinent school safety issues by:
● Representing the perspective of their region by closely interacting with the student member of the Advisory Board to the Subcabinet of the Maryland Center for School Safety
● Helping to devise marketing tactics for and provide feedback on existing MCSS initiatives
● Surveying their county's/city's students on topics deemed by MCSS to shape future initiatives
● Acting as a pilot group for implementing new ideas
Interested in joining the Student Focus Group in 2022?
We're available on the following channels.