With school security as a hot-button issue across the country, Bullard Independent School District has taken a significant step in ensuring the safety of students and staff members during school hours.
During a regular scheduled meeting of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, July 30, board members approved the recommendation of Superintendent Todd Schneider and hired John C. Jones as the district’s new Director of School Safety.
“In providing safe schools for our students and staff, Bullard ISD has moved forward with a Director of School Safety that will lead us forward,” said Schneider, in a press release. “We are blessed to being John Jones on staff to direct our school safety. Mr. Jones possesses the experience, training, expertise, education, and network of colleagues that seamlessly aligns with our safety needs. He is a familiar face to our students, staff, and community, and a parent of three BISD students. We look forward to seeing the impact John will have on BISD.”
Jones has a background filled with security-related issues, after having served as a member of the United States National Guard (Staff Sergeant – Mortar Section), as well as with his currently position as Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He will officially join Bullard ISD upon his retirement from the FBI in late September, after having spent 20 years on the job.
During his tenure with the FBI, Jones has achieved recognitions for his work, including the Director’s Excellence Award, the United States Attorney’s Office Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, and the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation Award.
“I am excited to be joining one of the best school districts in Smith County,” said Jones, in a released statement. “I look forward to collaborating with teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to meet the needs of Bullard ISD.”
Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University, as well as his Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia Graduate College.
According to Schneider’s recommendation letter for Jones to board members, the new Bullard ISD Director of School Safety will help the district to achieve the goal of providing all within the district’s schools with a level of security needed for schools in the 21st century.
“[Jones’] background includes professional experience in both the military and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” said Schneider, in his recommendation letter. “His skill set and longtime investment in Bullard schools and community ensure that he can lead our district through to meet the 21st century standards in regard to the safety of all students and staff.”
Jones is married to his wife, Ashlee, who serves as the secretary to the Superintendent of Bullard ISD. They have three children: son, Jayke (10); and twin daughters, Rhyse and Rylee (7).
According to Bullard ISD, Jones will officially begin in his new position effective Monday, Oct. 1.