As a school business professional, you face the complex and evolving challenge of providing school safety and security every day. It’s not only a student issue, but a community issue, so working together collaboratively to prepare, prevent and respond to potential traumatic incidents is paramount.

To help you understand and get best practices to address these challenges, CASBO Premier Plus Partner Sourcewell, a cooperative purchasing resource that provides a streamlined procurement process to public agencies, is hosting “Safer Schools Summit: Best Practices for K-12 Safety, Security and Trauma-Informed Care” on Oct. 7, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Safer Schools Summit is an initiative that involves many diverse stakeholders within schools, communities and counties. The conference moderator and panelists represent different perspectives across the school safety and security spectrum, including those of the school superintendent, first responder, school architect and mental health professional.

The summit will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will consist of main sessions, workshop breakouts, peer networking and a lunch with student speakers. It will present nationally recognized and respected panelists who will share their knowledge and experiences, as well as explore ways to build an affordable and integrated school safety and security program that comprehensively addresses the needs of all school and community stakeholders.

The summit will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Early-bird pricing is available through August 15, and seating is limited to the first 300 registrants, so don’t delay. Register today to secure your place at this single-day event designed to empower you in protecting your students with a comprehensive plan for total student health and community action!

Sourcewell is a self-supporting government organization that partners with local, regional and national education, government and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Throughout the U.S. and Canada, they offer a cooperative purchasing program to help public agencies as they strive for efficient public service. On behalf of its 50,000 members, Sourcewell conducts competitive solicitations, awarding to the most responsive and responsible vendors at the manufacturer level. Members can purchase off these contracts through their local dealers, streamlining the procurement process and saving time, energy and money while shopping locally. Membership is free and open to any government, education or nonprofit entity.

CASBO partners are committed to providing solutions to the challenges facing our school business leaders and serving as “thought leaders” who share valuable information that promotes the professional development of our members. If your company is interested in becoming a CASBO partner, we encourage you to learn more about the program and consider playing a critical role within our network and building strong, lasting business partnerships with education professionals!