Date Approved


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Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Johnson, Ted


Safety education--New Jersey; School violence--New Jersey


Educational Administration and Supervision


The purpose of the study is to determine the effectiveness of school supervision, policies, and procedures relating to the safety of the students at Collingswood Middle School using interview and action research. The study will result in a report to inform administrators and board members of changes needed in the present policies to create the safest possible learning environment for the students.

The study includes a variety of data gathering techniques. Seven members of the Collingswood Middle School staff, both past and present, were interviewed on their opinions of the facilities and present school policies. The material culture of the school, policies from similar school districts and journal articles were reviewed to determine best practices and the need for change at Collingswood Middle School. Data was also gathered through observations during both routine and non-routine evacuations of the building.

It was determined that the Collingswood Middle School has created a safe environment for its students. The number of violent acts are minimal and security measures have been taken to maintain a safe school. Policies and procedures have been adjusted to maintain a safe school despite an aging building.