The Forum Club’s mission is to stimulate thought and promote dialogue by educating and informing our community. While we often hear from national thought leaders, sometimes national issues warrant a discussion on their potential impacts at home. This is one of those times.
On Friday, April 6, the Forum Club will convene at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – Cohen Pavilion for a panel discussion on school safety to learn what is being done in our community to protect students and teachers in the wake of the Parkland shooting. The panel will feature Palm Beach County Superintendent Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and School District Police Chief Lawrence J. Leon. In an effort to ensure that we can adequately address this topic with our discussion, opening remarks will begin at 11:45 a.m.
Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II is an experienced educator who was recently named the 26th Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County, the 11th largest district in the country with a student enrollment of more than 193,000 students. He has more than 20 years of experience in education, including stints as a teacher, principal and assistant principal. Prior to being named Superintendent, Dr. Fennoy served as the District’s Chief Operating Officer from May 2016 to March 2018. In that role, he created organizational structures to successfully execute $1.3 billion in tax referendum projects.
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is a career law enforcement professional responsible for leading the largest law enforcement agency in Palm Beach County. With a successful track record of 47 years in law enforcement, Sheriff Bradshaw rose through the ranks of the West Palm Beach Police Department and was appointed Chief of Police in 1996. In 2005, he was sworn in as Palm Beach County Sheriff. He is the 13th sheriff to serve as the county’s chief law enforcement officer. Sheriff Bradshaw has extensive knowledge and training in all aspects of law enforcement with special emphasis on Domestic Security, Field Operations and community-based policing.
Chief Lawrence J. Leon has served as Chief of the Palm Beach County School District Police since 2012. His department is responsible for the safety and security for more than 193,000 children, over 23,000 employees, and 185 facilities. The Palm Beach School District Police Department was the first School District Police Department to be accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. Chief Leon worked with the North Miami Beach Police Department for more than five years before joining the Palm Beach County School District Police Department in 1991. He has extensive training dealing with critical incidents, as well as training in emergency operations and crisis response.