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Killackey Assigned as Full Time School Preparedness Coordinator

Killackey Assigned as Full Time School Preparedness Coordintaor
Posted on 04/19/2015
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Robert Killackey has been assigned as the full-time School Preparedness Coordinator for Norwalk Public Schools. A former officer in the Marine Corps, where he served for more than 20 years, Killackey has considerable experience in crisis planning and response. 

Since 2005, Killackey has served as JROTC instructor at Brien McMahon High School. In 2013, he was named part time-School Preparedness Coordinator for Norwalk Public Schools. As an active member of the Districtwide School Safety Committee, Killackey worked closely with the Norwalk Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management and Norwalk Police Department to standardize school preparedness processes; to identify and address potential safety and security concerns; and to coordinate training, drills, and practice exercises for administrators, teachers and staff. In his newly expanded role, he will continue to be involved in all aspects of district safety and security.

“Evaluating the effectiveness of our school safety programs was one of my first priorities when I arrived in this role,” said James A. Connelly, interim superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools.  “I was pleased to find that Norwalk had developed a strong emergency preparedness plan, led by Chief Denis McCarthy, and that school safety was a collaborative approach that included the Mayor, City of Norwalk, and both the Norwalk Fire and Police Departments.  The one piece missing, especially for a District this size, was a full-time safety preparedness coordinator within Norwalk Public Schools.”

The District School Safety Committee was established in January 2013 to ensure that Norwalk Public Schools are prepared in the event of an emergency. With wide participation from key departments throughout the City, members of Norwalk’s District School Safety Committee have worked in close collaboration to identify and address potential safety and security concerns.  

“Bob’s appointment recognizes that school safety and security needs to be a continuous focus,” said Connelly. “The confirmation of a full-time safety position was anticipated in the 2014-2015 school budget as an important next step in Norwalk’s commitment to be prepared for any and all hazards. I’m pleased that Norwalk has a highly qualified professional in place who can continue to advance safety initiatives at all our schools.”    

Killackey holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Iona College and a master’s degree from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He was awarded a Bronze Star for combat valor and was named Norwalk District “Teacher of the Year” for 2012-2013.