School Safety Commission

The School Safety Commission was created in 2018 following the abolishment of the School Safety Task Force created by Executive Order No. 2018-5. The School Safety Task Force issued their final recommendations in November 2018. 
 
The School Safety Commission shall review and make recommendations to the office of school safety, including model practices for determining school safety measures. The school safety measures must address at least the following:
a. The development and evaluation of school safety model practices.
b. A review of the statewide school safety information policy and the emergency operations plans.
c. The role of school safety liaisons.
d. The emerging trends in school safety technology.
e. The baseline safety requirements for schools.
f. The baseline hardening measures for new and existing schools.
 
The initial members of the School Safety Commission appointed in 2019 will be the former members of the School Safety Task Force appointed by the governor under Executive Order No. 2018-5. After the initial appointments, members will serve 4-year terms. 
 

Statute

Current Members:

Rick Joseph, Royal Oak
Representing an individual nominated by the House Minority Leader
Term Expires 1/14/21

Patricia Kovacs, St. Clair Shores
Representing an individual nominated by the Senate Minority Leader
Term Expires 1/14/21
 
Brian Gard, Grand Rapids
Representing an individual nominated by the Senate Majority Leader
Term Expires 1/14/21
 
David Forystek, Fenton
Representing an individual nominated by the Senate Majority Leader
Term Expires 1/14/21
 
Larry Johnson, Kentwood
Representing school administrators
Term Expires 1/14/23

Elizabeth Newell, Williamston
Representing health professionals
Term Expires 1/14/23

Ken Plaga, Okemos
Representing law enforcement
Term Expires 1/14/24
 
Justine Galbraith, Troy
Representing teachers
Term Expires 1/14/24
 
Lt. Col. Chris Kelenske
Designee of the Director of Michigan State Police
 
The Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designee
 
The Director of the Department of Health and Human Services or his or her designee