School Law Enforcement Officers Annual Conference

July 17-18, 2019  Galt House Hotel Louisville

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators is delighted to host the School Law Enforcement Officers Annual Conference, to be held in conjunction with KASA's 51st Annual Leadership Institute, July 17-18, 2019. 


Wednesday, July 17

 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
KYASRO Orientation
 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Award Luncheon  

This luncheon hosted by The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers, The Kentucky DARE Association, and The Kentucky Crime Prevention Coalition will provide a networking opportunity for all school based law enforcement officers.  During this time, each association will honor their state award winners. Must RSVP when registering.

Kick-Off Session
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

School Discipline Reform, Liability, and the Law of UNintended consequences: Essential court cases and model policies

Dr. Bernard James
This session will examine school discipline reform in a brief but empirical manner, focusing on two themes: (1) a comparison of the elements of restorative justice in its seminal form to the actual policies in use by school officials in the education environment; and (2) a survey of judicial proceedings that impose liability on educators whose discipline policies conflict with clearly established law on student rights.  Essential court decisions, model policies, and hypothetical cases will provide tools for identifying the constitutional side of the line.

Opening General Session 
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
I'll Push you 

Meet Push Inc. founders Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray. In 2014, these two life-long friends tackled the impossible, a 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago through Spain, one pushing the other in a wheelchair.  While Patrick, and others, physically pushed Justin the distance, Justin pushed Patrick, mentally and emotionally, beyond fear and insecurity, into a whole new world of joy and freedom.

Overcoming life's challenges requires acknowledging your weaknesses, inviting others into your story, and embracing the fact that you cannot do it all on your own.

Through their opening keynote session on July 17, Justin and Patrick will show attendees no challenge is too great to overcome, but success in the face of adversity is dependent upon your willingness to let others help push you beyond the limitations you believe you possess.

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Dinner Option
President's After Party

Join us after the opening session for lots of fun, food, and networking, as we celebrate Wayne Young and the three decades of service he has provided Kentucky school administrators as KASA's executive director and legal counsel.

Thursday, July 18

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
DARE mandatory training
will be offered by DARE instructors.

Training topics will be announced at a later date.

Second General Session
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Barry Posner

Barry Posner is the Michael J. Accolti, S.J. Chair and Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, where he served for 12 years as Dean.  He is the co-author (with Jim Kouzes) of the award-winning and best-selling leadership book The Leadership Challenge. Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) has been called “the most reliable, up-to-date leadership instrument available today.” The 360-degree online version has been completed by more than three million people. Barry is an internationally renowned scholar who has published more than 100 research and practitioner-oriented articles, in such publications as the: Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Personnel Psychology, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management..

Lunch Session
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Leadership Luncheon for School-Based Safety Teams
Building principals/assistant principals and school-based law enforcement are invited to come and enjoy a delicious lunch courtesy of the Kentucky Center for School Safety a.  During lunch you will learn what other districts across the state are doing as they share their best practice safety tips. The KCSS Steve Kimberling Safety Award will also be presented.  


Concurrent Education Sessions
presented throughout the day at 7:15 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:40 p.m.

*Check back later for specific time sessions will be offered.
Student Trauma: It's power, problems, and potential
Presented by Dr. Judi Vanderhaar, KY Department of Education

The pervasive nature of trauma in our society is clearly reflected in the lives of our students in schools. Trauma is a powerful force that can cause many problems in schools, yet can also uncover hidden potential when we understand and address it.  In this session, Dr. Judi Vanderhaar will lead participants in exploring the science of trauma and four key elements necessary to be truly responsive to trauma in schools.  Several practical strategies and tools will be offered. 

Senate Bill 1 - the school safety and resiliency act
Presented by Jon Akers, KY Center for School Safety

Kentucky lawmakers created a bi-partisan bill that sets goals for hiring more resource officers and mental health professionals at schools, mandates suicide prevention training for teachers and staff, and creates the statewide position of "school security marshal." KCSS executive director Jon Akers will speak on the components of SB1 and the implications on student safety for Kentucky schools.

Developing effective school / law enforcement partnerships
Presented by Deana Ashby and Robert Carter, Hopkins Co. Schools

So what can we do together?  In today’s times, school safety is in the forefront of everyone’s mind.  School safety is no longer just a law enforcement or school issue.  It is now a nationwide issue.  In this session, Superintendent Deana Ashby and Director of Engagement, Equity and School Support Robert Carter, will focus on healthy relationships between administrators and law enforcement.  The presenters will share a model that has proven to be successful in education, government, and industry.  So what can we do together?  

ferpa - student rights protection as it relates to sro's and school personnel
Presented by Anne Coorssen, J.D., Oldham County Schools

The federal law known as FERPA’s purpose is to protect the privacy of student information as well as establishing who may have access to such records. The presence of SRO’s in many schools today has created confusion on the access of SRO’s to school records, weighing victim’s rights and access to FERPA’s guidelines, and the reporting to law enforcement student crimes from school personnel. The recent Supreme Court case from Kentucky on Miranda rights of students in relation to FERPA will also be discussed. School board attorney Anne Coorssen, J.D., discusses the role of SRO’s and the legal rights to access student records.

arriving, leaving and transitions - worth a second look
Presented by Dan Orman, KY Center for School Safety

As a school leader, you understand that morning arrival, afternoon dismissal and mass movement during transitions can be the most challenging times of the day for safety and security considerations. The presenter will share some observations from schools across Kentucky and ways to minimize the vulnerability of those critical moments. There are no answers set in stone, but taking time to examine the physical layout, law enforcement viewpoints and applying principles of situational awareness may help mitigate the risk. 

responding to an actual violent crisis
Presented by Trent Lovett, Marshall Co. Schools

On January 23, 2018 a tragic school shooting occurred at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Listen as Superintendent Trent Lovett describes the events of the tragic day and the steps taken in the aftermath. You will receive a first person look from not only the Superintendent, but the father of a student who was inside the school. Then listen as he describes the steps taken throughout the district over the next several days, weeks and months to help calm fears throughout the community.

event safety and security - planning for athletic and other extracurricular events
Presented by Jon Akers, KY Center for School Safety and James Stephens, retired KY State Police

Each year, multiple school events are planned and set into action with 1000’s of students and spectators. Effective safety and security planning needs to be implemented prior to the event to better ensure the safety and security of those who will attend. This session will provide the audience with a historical background on school event violence, event safety and security issues, and mitigation methods for those risks and vulnerabilities.





Cost for the two-day event: $279

Register by May 20 and get the early bird rate - $229

Overnight Lodging is available at
the Galt House
or by calling (800) 626-1814 and requesting the KASA room blockrate of $161 SUITE Tower/$141 RIVUE Tower. To receive the KASA discounted rate, make reservations by June 25, 2019.

Parking is available at a discounted rate of $12 per night in the hotel parking garages, including an additional 832 parking spaces which can be accessed from Third Street.

Registration Fee Includes:

 KYASRO, DARE, and KCPC FY2020 Membership

General Sessions with I'll Push You and
Dr. Barry Posner

After Party on Wednesday evening

Breakfast on Thursday

Luncheon on Thursday

Access to the Exhibit Hall

Registration Materials:
Mobile App, Printed Program Guide, and
attendee gift

Love KY Public Schools T-Shirt
(limited supply - first come first served)