The Center for Safe and Secure Schools welcomed Chief W. Nim Kidd, assistant director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, as guest speaker at its operations board meeting Sept. 10 at Harris County Department of Education. Kidd discussed incident response from a state perspective along with emergency evacuation plans for Harris County and the City of Houston should a disaster strike. Both METRO and the Harris County Fire Marshall’s office provided additional information. Evacuations are warranted by hurricanes, volcanoes, tsunamis, bio-terrorism, droughts and wildfires.
Members from 20 area school districts and governmental agencies attended the meeting.
Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.