Who We Are
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About Us

group2016.jpgDeveloped at the request of local superintendents in the spring of 1999 to advance safe and secure environments for learning and teaching, the Center for Safe and Secure Schools is a leader in the development of increased safety and security strategies in school environments for students and educators.  This role was reinforced on August 31, 2005 when the Texas Education Agency asked the Center to coordinate school relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina with state, county and local disaster recovery officials and agencies.

The Center focuses on the emergency management cycle including: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. These efforts take shape through utilizing six key components:

  • Criteria for Standards and Promising Practices
  • Emergency Management Planning and Operations
  • Communications, Coordination and Business Continuity
  • Training and Certification Programs
  • Assessments, Reviews and Audits
  • Safe and Secure Learning and Teaching Environments

Our Staff

Ecomet Burley - Director eburley@hcde-texas.org

Mr. Burley was a school administrator for 26 years. He spent six years as superintendent of La Marque ISD. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Texas Tech University and then went on to receive a master's degree in public administration from Stephen F. Austin State University.


Roberta Scott - School Safety Solutions Specialist rscott@hcde-texas.org

Roberta Scott is an educator originally from Houston with more than ten years of experience enhancing educational standards for schools. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and a master’s degree in counseling education from Prairie View A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Texas Southern University.​