ROLES WITH NEWPATH
School Facilities, Transportation, School Safety, Life Safety Code, Accreditation Standards
Dr. Bill Welch has twenty-eight years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and MDE employee. Bill has the necessary training and experience to provide quality services to local school districts in the areas of pupil transportation, facilities and school safety. With almost twenty-two years with MDE which consisted of stops in several offices to include the Office of Safe and Orderly Schools, Office of Accreditation, Office of Leadership and Professional Development, and the Office of Conservatorship.
Approximately nine years of MDE work was in Safe and Orderly Schools with more than five years as director of that office. Bill’s work in accreditation allowed him to fully understand the impact and importance of the thirty-two process standards. His work in the leadership office was an adjustment as that experience gave him a new perspective on how outside “contract workers” could benefit the work of an organization. That office contracted with approximately thirty workers who assisted MDE employees with training across the state. Bill’s time in conservatorship was an opportunity to grow in all areas of school business. Bill had the opportunity to serve as an interim superintendent on several occasions which allowed him to work with all stakeholders in the community. The many experiences allowed him to understand and appreciate the importance of a solid transportation program, adequate facilities and a safe environment for students, staff and parents.
In addition to the varied work experiences, Bill has attended many conferences and training sessions related to each of the areas of service mentioned above. Conferences and training sessions included active shooter training along with attending the MASRO and NASRO conferences as well as school law seminars. Bill has attended pupil transportation conferences and events and met many folks who are passionate about transportation safety. Bill was director of school building when the Public-School Building Fund (PSBF) was administered by MDE. Once MAEP was adopted and PSBF was absorbed into MAEP, he became part of the approval team for plans and specifications submitted for approval by the MS Board of Education. Bill has had extensive training in facility audits and Life Safety Code issues.
If a school district is looking for assistance in one or all these areas, Bill can provide the technical assistance needed to develop a plan to correct or enhance what a district is currently providing to their community. Bill considers NewPath Strategy Consultants to be a one stop shop for transportation, facilities and school safety needs.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
B.S., Ed., Mississippi College
Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Jackson State University
Hinds County School District
Mississippi Department of Education