Charleston, WV

October 27, 2022

  In-Person Conference – Charleston Marriot Town Center

Welcome to the 2022 West Virginia School Safety Conference. During this one-day conference, we will look at school violence across the United States and what we have learned. Leading experts from Columbine High School, Sycamore Middle School and Hillsborough County Public Schools will share their stories and how they have created safer school environments. This event is for all school administrators, law enforcement executives, school security directors, emergency managers, school safety officers, school resource officers, probation officers, school crisis team members, educators, community leaders, industry solution providers and mental health professionals.


Registration is now closed, we look forward to seeing you!

Hotel Information

You will find the information for your online reservation at the link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask.

Event Summary:

WV School Safety Conference

Start Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

End Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

Last Day to Book: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Charleston Marriott Town Center for $139 USD per night



Vendor Information

We are no longer accepting new vendors due to reaching full vendor capacity. Thank you for your support!

Conference Agenda

Thursday – October 27, 2022

7:30 a.m.


Salon A, 2nd Floor

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Sponsored by Rank One Computing

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

8:30 a.m.

David Roach, West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Introduces Frank DeAngelis

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Frank DeAngelis Presents

“Leadership Lessons from Columbine and Beyond”

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Q & A with Frank DeAngelis

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

10:30 a.m.

Kanawha County Superintendent Tom Williams Introduces Molly Hudgens

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Molly Hudgens Presents

“Saving Sycamore – The School Shooting That Never Happened”

Crystal Ballroom, 2nd Floor

11:30 a.m.

Wayne County Superintendent Todd Alexander Introduces Parkhill Mays, CEO of Stop-It Solutions

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch Provided by Stop-It Solutions

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

12:30 p.m.

Cabell County Superintendent Ryan Saxe Introduces Chief John Newman, Hillsborough County Security Chief and Florida Safety
School Specialist, Sponsored by Centegix

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Chief John Newman Presents

“Debrief of the Parkland Shooting and the Legislative Mandates –
4 Years Later”

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Q & A with Chief John Newman

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

2:00 p.m.

Putnam County Superintendent John Hudson Introduces Rob Cunningham

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Rob Cunningham Presents

“WV School Safety Update.”

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion Concering WV School Safety

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closing Provided by Jan Hanlon, MESC Executive Director

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor


When will the School Safety Conference take place? And where is it located?

The School Safety Conference will take place on Thursday, October 27 th at the Charleston Marriott Town Center, 200 Lee Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.

How do I register?

For more information about registration, visit our registration page here

What is the registration fee? How do I pay?

Registration is $350 for person, and the fee includes a full day of speakers and meals are provided. Click here to be redirected to the payment page. You can pay via credit card or through a purchase order. 

What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

Registration fees are non-refundable. If you are registered for the conference and then find that you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to a colleague. 

Are sponsorship opportunities available?

Yes, sponsorship opportunities are available, please click for more information here.

Are CEU hours available?

Yes, CEU hours for law enforcement members and school counselors will be provided.

Who are our partners?

West Virginia Department of Education and WV Homeland Security.

What happens if Covid causes the conference to be cancelled?

Participants will be notified and the conference will be rescheduled to a later date. 

Media inquiries?

Please contact Chris Williams, Communications Director for media inquiries. Christopher.williams@wvesc.org, 304.553.5591

I don't see my question - who should I contact?

Please contact LeFlore Lucas, Marketing Coordinator for more information, katherine.lucas@wvesc.org, 304.766.0011, ext. 34

Additional Questions?

Please contact LeFlore Lucas, Marketing Coordinator for more information, katherine.lucas@wvesc.org, 304.766.0011, ext. 34



Phone: 304-766-0011

Fax: 304-766-0022

501 22nd Street
Dunbar, WV  25064