Agenda:Alexandria to look at perspectives on school security. How safe are Alexandria schools? Is the city doing enough to protect students from threats outside the school and inside the classroom? These issues will be at the heart of the discussion for the January meeting of Agenda:Alexandria.
“Kids who don’t feel safe don’t learn,” says former School Board member Eileen Rivera, who will moderate the panel discussion. “Students and staff must feel comfortable and empowered to identify and address the kinds of threats in our schools. Bullying is one of those threats that can be prevented. As a community, we all can do more to create a safer and productive learning environment.”
Gregory Hutchings, Superintendent of schools at Alexandria City Public Schools. A native of Alexandria and a graduate of T.C. Williams High School, he returned in July to lead the school division. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Hutchings was a director of pre-K-12 initiatives and director of middle school programs at ACPS and superintendent of Shaker Heights Schools in Cleveland. He has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Old Dominion University, a master’s in educational leadership from George Mason University and a doctorate in educational policy, planning and leadership from the College of William and Mary.
Mac Slover is a member and former chairman of the Alexandria Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying Committee. A native of Macon, Ga., he’s lived in Alexandria since 1987. A former city official with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, he retired in 2018 after 30 years with Alexandria government. During his time with the city, he served as director of three recreation centers after leading the city’s sports program and running youth activities and community outreach. He has a bachelor of science in public recreation from Georgia Southern University.
Marc Solomon is senior corporate security manager for a Dublin-based pharmaceutical company. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he’s lived in Alexandria since 2014. He’s conducted security assessments for several Northern Virginia preschools, and school security was one of his campaign issues during an unsuccessful bid for Alexandria School Board in 2018. He is a former analyst at the State Department, where he focused on counterterrorism and security issues involving private-sector organizations abroad. He has a bachelor of arts in history from Cornell University and a master of arts in national security studies from Georgetown University.
What: Agenda Alexandria: Bullying and Lockdowns
Where: Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Ave, Alexandria VA 22311
When: Monday, Jan. 28 2019
Time: Reception starts at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm
Cost: $5 at the door, optional dinner at 6:45 pm, starting at $32 with membership and advanced registration