Superintendent honored with public safety award
Aug. 11, 2019 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Plymouth Michigan News
Monica Merritt, superintendent of the Plymouth-Canton Community School District, was awarded with the 2019 Chief Nicholas C. Derzis Safe Schools Leadership Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) recently.
The prestigious award was presented to Merritt at the 29th NASRO Annual School Safety Conference, in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Safe School Leadership Award is presented to those individuals who are willing to support and further develop their School Resource Officer partnership, exemplify leadership, innovation, dedication and proactive measures to enhance the safety of their school com- munity. Merritt was hired as district superintendent on July 1, 2016 and immediately assumed a proactive leadership role toward improving the district partnership with law enforcement, according to a statement from the organization. She recognized potential vulnerabilities that existed in the district, and began enhancing security infrastructure and providing extensive training for students and staff at all levels.
“Superintendent Merritt’s comprehensive approach to school safety provides the district with the foundation and building blocks necessary to enhance and sustain a safe and positive learning environment,” said Canton Public Safety Director Joshua Meier. “Our Public Safety Department is grateful for her leadership, knowledge and expertise when addressing the safety and well-being of the students and staff of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.”