Branson R-IV Announces Director of School Safety

Branson R-IV Announces Director of School Safety
Posted on 05/19/2023
This is the image for the news article titled Branson R-IV Announces Director of School SafetyBranson Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Trooper Ryan Pace as the Director of School Safety for the 2023-2024 school year.

“As a district, we remain dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff, and this appointment represents our ongoing commitment to prioritizing school safety,” says Superintendent Dr. Brad Swofford.

Trooper Pace currently serves in the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). He has been with the MSHP for the last ten years. Pace received his Associates degree from Crowder College. After an extensive search with applicants from across the state and nation, Pace rose to the top.

"I am honored to join the Branson School District and have the opportunity to work with an exceptional team committed to the well-being and safety of our students. I look forward to building upon the existing foundation of safety measures and developing comprehensive strategies that create a safe environment for all," says Pace.

As the Director of School Safety, Pace will oversee the strategic planning, development, and implementation of school safety policies and procedures throughout the district. He will collaborate with school administrators, staff, law enforcement agencies, and community partners to establish a proactive approach to student safety.

Some key responsibilities of the Director of School Safety include:
1. Assessing and identifying potential safety risks within our schools and implementing appropriate measures to mitigate them.
2. Conducting regular safety drills and training sessions for staff and students to enhance emergency preparedness and response.
3. Collaborating with local law enforcement agencies to foster continued partnerships and coordinate responses to potential security threats.
4. Engaging with school families and community members to create a culture of safety and open communication.
5. Assist in the recruitment of qualified security personnel.

Pace and his wife, Ruby, have two sons that attend school in the district. He will begin his duties July 1.