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ASIS International Sponsors School Security Funding Competition in Atlanta

APS High Schools Invited to Assess Security, Compete for $20,000 Cash Prize

Alexandria, Va. 2008-02-27
​ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, is offering all 20 public high schools in the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) system the chance to compete for $20,000 in security program funding as part of ASIS’ School Security Funding Competition.
ASIS is sponsoring the competition for the fifth consecutive year as a way of giving back to the community, and simultaneously encouraging local schools to assess the security issues that confront their buildings, staff and students every day.
The competition coincides with the ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, the largest event in the world dedicated to security, being held Sept. 15-18 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  
“Our hope is that this competition will offer the schools’ principals and safety officers an opportunity to become more aware of what can be done to resolve security concerns as a way to improve their overall educational environments,” said ASIS Executive Director Michael J. Stack. “We have seen the success of the competition and are excited to offer APS this opportunity to provoke ideas that will have a lasting impact.”
To participate in the competition, the schools are asked to consider—through a series of short essays—their particular security concerns and how those concerns might impact their students, teachers and administrators. They are asked to describe security risks they would attempt to reduce and/or eliminate, and list specific security enhancements they would purchase with the funding.  A committee comprised of security management professionals from the ASIS Atlanta Chapter and the APS director of security will judge all submissions.
“The collaboration between the APS Security Department and ASIS International is a welcomed opportunity for high-school administrators to enhance security around the school grounds,” says Marquenta Sands, the APS director of security.  “We are honored to have such a wonderful opportunity.”
The winning school will receive $20,000 in funding to develop measures to enhance its security, either through the purchase of equipment or ongoing training/education for school personnel and/or students. All submissions must be postmarked by March 28, 2008.  The winning school will be announced on May 1, 2008. 
The winning school and its principal and school safety officer will also be recognized at a special awards luncheon during the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits in September.
Last year’s winner was Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas.  Security purchases included a utility vehicle and bicycles for patrolling the sprawling desert campus. Previous winners’ purchases included perimeter fencing and security cameras.
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​About ASIS International
ASIS International (ASIS) is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 36,000 members worldwide.  Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics.  ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public.  By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools are changing children’s lives every day. Under the leadership of its Superintendent, Dr. Beverly L. Hall, APS is becoming one of the nation’s highest performing urban school systems.  In 2007, all 62 APS elementary schools made Adequate Yearly Progress, the only urban district in the nation to achieve that distinction. All APS students benefit from the district’s focus on teacher quality, intensive math and science instruction, single-gender middle schools, high school small learning communities, and its nationally acclaimed Project GRAD program. Although 75 percent of the district’s 51,000 students live below the poverty line, APS accepts no excuses for poor academic performance. Atlanta Public Schools is also one of Atlanta’s largest employers with 6,650 full-time personnel, including 3,643 teachers. For more information visit