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America’s Safe Schools Week

America's Safe Schools Week

Student safety has always and will always be a top priority at Kent School District. We acknowledge our Safety Services and DARTS Team (IT) for their continued efforts in making sure students have a safe learning environment in both a physical and virtual world.

In efforts to maintain a safe learning environment, our principals reinforce the concept of “see something, say something” to students, teachers, and staff members. “We encourage students to speak to a school counselor or safety officer if they feel they, or a fellow student, may need assistance or support. By working together, we will keep our schools safe,” said Tim Kovich, Safety Services Assistant Director

America’s Safe Schools Week is October 18-24, and it is with much appreciation that we recognize those who work to keep our schools safe.

Welcome New Safety Officers

Kent School District welcomes two new safety officers this year. We asked the two officers a few questions to get to know them better. If you see them around the district, be sure to say welcome.

Ricardo Bland

What inspires you the most about this job?

Connecting with the students on a positive level and being that mentor to them and holding them accountable for their actions while keeping them on that road to success.

What are your job duties and/or favorite part of your job?

My job has many functions but to simplify it would be “Safety and Security of Meeker Middle School” that includes staff and students, visitors. My favorite part of the day would be the daily challenge amongst students.

What is your favorite food? Pizza

What kind of music do you like? 

Workout Music: Rap, Classic Rock, heavy metal etc.

Car Ride: Reggaeton and Old R & B

Kenny Odum III

What inspires you the most about this job?

What inspires me most of being a school safety officer is the opportunity to be a positive and intentional role model to each and every student. Each student is unique but every student deserves someone to look up to. Safety will always be our NUMBER ONE priority but EVERY students’ success will always be my goal!

What are your job duties and/or favorite part of your job?

My job duties consist of creating and maintaining a SAFE and SECURE learning environment for EVERY KSD Student, practicing restorative justice, building and maintaining positive professional relationships and connecting with students through mentorships. My favorite part of my job is not only being a positive role model but also getting every student to realize that there’s more than one path to learn, grow and be successful in life. I take pride in knowing that I am keeping students safe while also keeping students engaged.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is Pizza…Brooklyn Style with EVERYTHING on it.

What kind of music do you like?

I enjoy almost EVERY genre of music but 90’s RnB has a special place in my heart. The smooth and rhythmic sounds can make the worst of days better.  

 Two safety officers