At their regular meeting on July 30, the District 225 Board of Education approved the hiring of Mr. Joel Reyes for the newly created position of district safety and security manager. Reyes will work in partnership with school and district leadership teams in efforts to improve security and safety for students and staff.
“This position evolved from the security assessments conducted last spring, and we feel extremely fortunate to find a high calibre candidate with the skills and background necessary to lead our efforts to improve safety and security in all district facilities.” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Riggle. “The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and the hiring of Mr. Reyes will allow us to maintain a constant focus on safety and security.”
Reyes, a state-certified police officer, has 28 years of law enforcement experience with the Northbrook Police Department. Having served in a supervisory capacity for 17 years, Reyes has been commander for the past seven years, and acted as the department’s designated emergency manager. A former chief warrant officer for the U.S. Army, Reyes also volunteers with the American Red Cross and serves on the Village of Skokie Public Safety Commission. He holds two master’s degrees from the University of Illinois Springfield in legal studies and public administration, as well as a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Governors State University.
“Recent events in the U.S. and abroad are reminders of how security and safety must adapt to contemporary standards,” said Reyes. “In a school setting, we must act as advocates for the student population.”
Most recently, the district has revised crisis plans, engaged in building security assessments, and participated in scenario-based crisis training in partnership with the other Northfield Township school districts. In September, physical modifications will be made to the main entrances of all Glenbrook facilities in an effort to improve security. In addition, new security protocols will be implemented that will require staff and visitors to wear identification badges.