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School Safety & Security Summit Event Team


Dr. Mark Bedell, Ed.D
Kansas City Public Schools


John R Newman

Chief of Security and Emergency Management
Hillsborough County Public Schools - Tampa, FL 

School Safety & Security Summit

January 29, 2020 9:00AM - NOON Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education

Join thought leaders from districts around the country for a discussion on technology's role in creating safe learning environments and an exclusive live demo of CENTEGIX's CrisisAlert™ solution.

Why should you attend the FREE 2020 School Safety & Security Summit?

  • Share best practices, trends and success stories
  • Network with educators and school safety professionals
  • Preview innovative technologies used by districts across the nation
  • Light breakfast and lunch will be provided

Event Details:

Cost:      FREE to all registrants
When:   Wednesday - January 29th, 2020
Time:     9:00AM - NOON
Where:  Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education (Auditorium)
                 2901 Troost Ave.
                 Kansas City, MO 64109

NOTE: Event parking is available street-side or in the surface lot at the corner of 29th and Troost Ave. (where the time & temperature sign is located)

Hotel & Travel Information:

Kansas City Public Schools has a contract with the brand new LaQuinta Inn & Suites, conveniently located just 6 blocks from the event location at: 2321 Troost Ave Kansas City, Missouri 64108. The contract room rate is $79.


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About Our Event Team:

Dr. Mark Bedell
Kansas City Public Schools


Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark T. Bedell, Ed.D. is a talented, caring teacher and administrator and one of the top urban public-school leaders in the United States. Dr. Bedell currently serves as Educator's Representative for the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and has been on the board of directors since 2015 with a focus on addressing school violence prevention and safety. While serving as a principal in places like Houston, his observation of students struggling to stay in school due to lack of wrap-around support prompted Dr. Bedell to study school culture, climate and dropout prevention at Nova Southeastern University, where he was named a Doctor of Education in 2015.

In June 2018, Dr. Bedell and the KCPS School Board created an innovative Equity Policy to direct the school system’s resources and programs so that every student has the opportunity to reach his or her greatest potential. Dr. Bedell has received many recognitions, including being named a “Superintendent to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association and a “New Superintendent of the Year” by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. He is also one of only 51 people selected to participate in the "Missouri Influencer Series" by The Kansas City Star.

Dr. Bedell's success at KCPS led to numerous speaking engagements at events and conferences across the nation. He has written several articles and opinion pieces for newspapers, magazines and journals. For Dr. Bedell, his most important honor to date came in the spring of 2018 when students from Southeast High School gave him an award of appreciation for his efforts on their behalf and the positive impact he will have on future students.



John R Newman
Chief of Security and Emergency Management
Hillsborough County Public Schools - Tampa, FL


Chief John R Newman manages the Security and Emergency Management Division of the Hillsborough County Public School System (HCPS).

HCPS appointed Chief Newman as one of Florida’s 67 Safe School Specialist that report to the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools. Before his appointment to HCPS in 2014, he was a 29-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department, retiring as the Assistant Chief. John came to Florida from New Jersey to attend college. Chief John Newman holds both a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida as well as receiving his MA in American Studies from USF in 2000. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. John Newman has experience in a variety of law enforcement areas such as patrol, tactical response team, narcotics, school resource program, criminal intelligence and internal affairs. In his final position as Assistant Chief, oversaw training, recruitment, policy development, all specialty teams, large event planning, and major crime operations.

In his current position, John Newman is charged with deploying and managing the security assets on all 277 sites operated by HCPS. The HCPS is the 7th largest school district in the nation and has over 27,000 employees that service nearly 220,000 students. He has 358 men and women assigned in his charge as armed security officers and also manages the over 100 law enforcement personnel assigned to our middle and high school campuses. With the passage of the Safe Schools legislation in Florida, Chief Newman has overseen the most aggressive expansion of HCPS Security and Emergency Management.

As a tenured police executive, John Newman has developed professional relationships with local, state and federal government agencies. His resourcefulness is a valued asset for HCPS as many of the issues facing education today require a collaborative partnership with a variety of agencies. He is still a member of the Tampa FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force as well as The Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association. He is also the current K-12 DHS state representative for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement SWG.

John is married to his wife of 36 years and has two daughters. All three are USF Grads and teachers in the district...GO BULLS!

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