Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) made the 2013 Security 500 list, ranking eleventh nationwide in the education (K-12) category. This is the second time in three years that FCPS has made the top 500 list.
Security Magazine ranks the 500 top security organizations by industry to showcase the profession’s leaders and their organizations. According to the magazine, organizations that made the list are proven as both accomplished security executives and exceptional business leaders. School systems were measured and evaluated on metrics among peer organizations. FCPS was one of 17 school districts selected this year. Others included Montgomery County Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Los Angeles Schools, the San Diego Unified School District and more.
FCPS security coordinator Clifton Cornwell III was among more than 50 school employees completing the nationwide Security 500 survey to see how the local school system stacks up to other American school systems.
Surveys for each of the 500’s sectors – from agriculture to utilities – ask unique questions intended to provide meaningful and useful feedback to survey participants. Many sectors have a ‘coach’ who crafts the key data points necessary to achieve meaningful results. This was the case with the education (K-12) category.
"I am proud that FCPS made the list again," Mr. Cornwell says. "We work hard to train staff across more than 60 schools and offices to maintain security for more than 40,000 students and 5,600 employees. A key part of our success is maintaining effective partnerships with local law enforcement and government agencies. Another major factor is emergency preparedness, keeping abreast of ever-changing security-related technology and engaging in peer review processes."
FCPS also ensures that families know what to expect in emergency situations, sharing important procedures in the annual Calendar Handbook, which goes to every student’s family and every employee. The school system’s FindOutFirst email, text messaging and social media services as well as FCPS Television and website at www.fcps.org also help keep the community informed.
Mr. Cornwell characterized the school system’s rank as evidence that the district conducts its security-related activities "within a fiscally responsible budget, ensuring a high return on taxpayer investment."