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Jacobsen joins GIPS as School Safety Coordinator

Grand Island Public Schools is pleased to welcome Lee Jacobsen as the School Safety Coordinator, beginning Jan. 7.

Jacobsen will finish his 24-year career with the Nebraska State Patrol before joining GIPS. He will take over the role from current School Safety Coordinator Rick Ressel, who will retire from GIPS on Feb. 4. Ressel was hired for the position in 2010 after retiring from the Grand Island Police Department. While at GIPD, Ressel spent some time as a school resource officer.

The School Safety Coordinator is a full-time position. Responsibilities include duties such as: performing safety and security audits of school facilities, gathering data and analyzing traffic patterns around school facilities to improve traffic flow, assisting with safety and security investigations in the district, supervising school crossing guards, and making suggestions to improve safety in the district.

Jacobsen’s extensive experience makes him a great fit for the School Safety Coordinator. He attended flight school in Arizona before joining the Nebraska State Patrol. While at the NSP, Jacobsen has supervised patrol units, been on the bomb and SWAT teams, been a criminal investigator with crimes against women and children, been an undercover narcotics officer and worked in road patrol.

Though he will be ending a long career with the NSP, Jacobsen said he’s excited to continue using his skills from the NSP at GIPS. He said he’s led many safety trainings and has had to figure out ways to improve safety in different situations, which will be useful in his new position. He said preparedness is something he’s always taught and believes is important.

Jacobsen said he’s excited to join the GIPS team, who he said is innovative and team-focused.

“It’s become obvious that GIPS is a forward-looking organization,” Jacobsen said. “Dr. Grover does a great job building on the team philosophy.”

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