Hereford ISD employee joins state-wide board

New procedure to deal with active shooter situation helps Hereford ISD safety specialist receive invite to join a state-wide board (Drew Powell ABC 7 News)

A long-time Hereford Independent School District employee who wears many hats is taking on another responsibility. Bryan Hedrick has accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC).

“It is very exciting,” said Bryan Hedrick, Hereford ISD Security Specialist. “I’ve worked really hard and our school district has provided me with the resources to go out and be trained.”

Hedrick will be one of 15 board members who will work on setting a budget and work with the state legislature and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on school safety. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement on his resume and Hedrick tells ABC 7 News he’s ready for the new challenge.

“I’ve been through thousands of hours of law enforcement training and school safety training,” said Hedrick.

“We’re not surprised by this invite to join the board,” said Sheri Blankenship, Superintendent for Hereford ISD. “We are very excited that Bryan has been appointed to this board.”

At the start of the 2017/18 school year, Hedrick helped implement a new lockdown procedure called ALICE across the district. “Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate” replaces the former procedure of lock everyone down in a room and turn off the lights and wait for someone to say everything is okay.

“The options are to run if they’re able to get away and get out of the building,” said Hedrick. “We have, under ALICE, designated re-unification sites at our campuses. If they can’t get out, we give them the option to fight. We give them the option to barricade and don’t just sit and wait.”

“He works directly with our school resource officers to ensure safety of students, teachers and staff,” said Blankenship. “They come in and do practice drills on weekdays and weekends. They make sure we are safe at our campus levels and our administration levels."

Hedrick will assume the new four-term responsibility starting February 2018. In December, he will finish out the term of a current board member who is exiting the board.

The board has been in place for 20 years and he is the first Hereford ISD employee to serve in this capacity.

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