In his role as Risk Manager for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), Glenn Belmore is the ultimate multi-tasker. Not only does he oversee water operations, building inspections and pest management programs, Belmore manages loss prevention, disaster response, fire safety and ADA compliance, and liability insurance for CCPS.
These responsibilities are just a few that Belmore oversees on a daily basis for CCPS. He demonstrates a strong commitment to the school system and the work he manages for the Office of Safety and Risk Management. For his dedication to school safety and longtime commitment to CCPS, Belmore was honored last week with a 2018 Maryland Center for School Safety/Security Director of the Year award.
Belmore was surprised with the news during a staff meeting, and said he is honored to be chosen for a recognition that highlights his passion for school safety.
“I am humbled and grateful for the recognition. I was truly unaware that I was being considered for such an esteemed nomination by my fellow directors,” Belmore said.
The award is one of few annual recognitions presented by the Maryland Center for School Safety. Belmore was honored with the award during the 2018 School Safety Summer Conference held in Annapolis Aug. 13-14.
Jason Stoddard, director of safety and security for CCPS, spearheaded his nomination. Stoddard joined CCPS earlier this year and has an extensive background in law enforcement, and safety and security. He said Belmore’s commitment to safety and security has been instrumental to the operation of CCPS.
“Glenn Belmore has 29 years of risk management experience and has been instrumental in spearheading safety and security for Charles County Public Schools for many years. He is well known throughout the community and state. He is dedicated to his profession, community and cause for a safe community and school system,” Stoddard wrote in an award nomination.
On a daily basis, Belmore manages several projects and tasks that range from overseeing water control compliance standards, chemical use in system buildings, and maintaining fire drill reports to investigating CCPS-related accidents and helping to implement disaster recovery response and emergency plans. A recent project of significance for Belmore includes the implementation last year of a new application for administrators and school resource officers called Crisis Manager.
Crisis Manager is an app that stores emergency response related information, such as evacuation plans and facility maps, to utility plans and shelter locations. The app also can be used to send mass text message notifications to groups of users. Stoddard said the tools in the program would allow an ease of electronic communication during a crisis.
“The new unified communications network integrates data but also allows a method to receive and send data texts to all involved, thus creating a central platform for keeping an open line of communication during an event,” Stoddard wrote in his nomination letter.
In addition to the honor from the Maryland Center for School Safety, Belmore was also recently honored by the Association of School Business Officials, Maryland and District of Columbia division, for his efforts in launching the Crisis Manager app for the school system.
For Belmore, school safety for students and staff is of the upmost importance and requires commitment and teamwork. “School districts across Maryland and especially here in Charles County are making commitments to school safety for all of our students and staff. Working together, we truly are making a difference,” Belmore said.
The Maryland Center for School Safety was established to provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach to school safety for schools. The Center coordinates its work with the Maryland State Police (MSP), the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and other agencies.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.