Edward Villarreal will be the new district safety coordinator for Roseburg Public Schools, following the school board’s approval during Wednesday’s meeting.

Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent Jared Cordon said it’s a step toward helping “our kids be safer.”

Villarreal has a master’s degree in emergency management administration from Cal State Long Beach and recently retired as police personnel sergeant with the El Segundo Police Department after a 28-year career in law enforcement.

Cordon praised Villarreal for his personality and ability to forge relationships. Villarreal will start Wednesday.

“It’s a total privilege to be here and help the community of Roseburg,” Villarreal said during the meeting.

He has worked as a USA Football Youth Camp Counselor and started a nonprofit organization to educate teens, parents and educators about suicide and self-harm prevention.

In other business:

  • Prekindergarten students gave thanks to board member Rod Cotton for his donation to the programs by creating a card and performing a song.
  • Roseburg Public Schools renewed its local service plan with Douglas Education Service District.
  • The board agreed to title the May 2020 ballot measure “Bonds to Improve Safety, Security, Vocational Education, Renovations District-Wide” and created a question and summary to appear on the ballot.
  • The board intends to award Sodexo the contract to continue as the food service management company for the district.
  • The district will spend $55,000 to install and upgrade cameras at Roseburg High School.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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