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Announcement of New Director of Safety and Security-Lupe Martin

Safety in schools is not just a priority, it is a necessity.  The Grandview School District recognizes this important need, and we are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Lupe Martin as the new Director of Safety and Security. 

“This new position was created to strengthen and increase the district’s already robust safety and security efforts. During my hiring process earlier this summer, the school board and members of the community were clear that school safety must be one of my top priorities. Rather than continue hiring private security contractors, we have re-allocated that funding and created this district-wide position.” said Superintendent Dr. Rob Darling. “And we are so excited that a hometown guy was the top candidate for the position.”

The Director of Safety and Security will oversee three full-time security personnel, Youth Development Specialists, and collaborate with GSD staff for student re-engagement programs. He will also work closely with the Grandview Police Department and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office to support each others’ student safety efforts. Additional duties will include initiating gang prevention programs and strategies, identifying security gaps, providing ongoing training for staff and leadership, and overseeing the coordination and facilitation of Threat Assessment procedures and processes.  Director Martin will also work closely with the School Safety Operations & Coordination Center (SSOCC) through ESD105 out of Yakima.

Director Martin comes to GSD with an impressive background in safety and security, having been a police officer with the Grandview Police Department for 23 years, and 7 of those years as GSD’s security resource officer (SRO). “I had so many ideas when I was an SRO here, and I am looking forward to leading with that vision. One idea is to look at bringing the GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program back. We know this program was successful in getting gang numbers to decline, so it’s something I want to look at again.” says Martin. 

Director Martin was raised in Prosser, and after graduating high school, he attended Eastern Washington University where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He was hired by the Grandview Police Department in 2000 and, shortly after, he bought a home, started his family, and has called Grandview home ever since. “I am vested in this community. I think our community should be safe, and our school should be safer. Having two children of my own, one in Kindergarten and one in 5th grade, I watch them walking into their school, and I feel what parents are going through. I am a parent, and I worry about my kids' safety too. So when this position came up, I thought to myself, this is the perfect match for me, this was meant to be,” says Martin.

If you would like to send him welcome messages, he can be contacted at the following email address: jgmartin@gsd200.org

Welcome to the GSD team Director Lupe Martin!