CEO Notebook |
These are unusual and all-too-often often alarming times for our nation and our schools. As we continue to process the horror of the February 14 shootings at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School, I am heartened by the show of unity among independent and public schools alike — and among their courageous and principled students — to prevent further gun violence. Risk management is a vital component of your portfolio and takes on even greater importance to your faculty, administration, parents and students at times like these.
The examples of positive action stemming from tragedy are too numerous to list, but here are a few from the past few days that stood out to me.
I am inspired by the students and school leaders who are using their voices articulately and passionately to convey strength and wisdom at this time. They have convinced me that things can be different if we don’t let this moment pass, and if we resist accepting that these violent events are inevitable and unpreventable.
Not everybody will agree with my sentiments in this column, and I acknowledge that my role with NBOA is not a political one. However, keeping the students who are in our care safe from unimaginable harm is not a political action. Let’s follow the lead of all who are working to prevent further violence in schools and do whatever it takes to accomplish this singular goal.
I look forward to seeing many of you in Nashville in the coming days at the 2018 NBOA Annual Meeting.
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