Member Spotlight from May 11, 2017
Safety is a top priority for every school district, and having a risk manager who keeps everything balanced is a true find. Charles County Public Schools in La Plata, Maryland, is fortunate to have had Glenn Belmore on board for more than a quarter-century, and as their risk manager for the past 11 years. Ensuring the safety of one of the state’s largest school districts—serving approximately 27,000 students in nearly 40 buildings—is no small task.
Glenn explains that when he joined the district, school risk management divisions weren’t as commonplace as they are today. He sought guidance from some larger neighboring districts, borrowing ideas for safety and risk management procedures and adapting them to Charles County Public Schools’ needs. Today, he is happy to pay it forward by sharing his knowledge with risk managers who are new to the field.
Having joined both MD/DC ASBO and ASBO International in 1990, Glenn served as vice president, president-elect, president, and past president on the board of directors of the former and continues to work on its professional development committee. He values his membership in the latter as well.
“This membership gives me access to numerous others in my position and area of expertise,” Glenn says. “The time one can save by not having to recreate the wheel is invaluable. Without ASBO International, I never would have met so many influential and highly trained professionals.”
Glenn has become one of those highly trained professionals himself, having acquired numerous state and national licenses needed to follow through on his responsibilities. There is a seemingly endless list of areas for which safety guidelines are needed, ranging from the obvious, such as indoor air quality, water, and food services, to the more obscure, including parade floats, service animals, and drones on school property.
Outside of his 10-hour (or more) workdays, Glenn enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and history. In addition, he serves his community as passionately as he does his school district. He has been a scout leader for almost 25 years and served as the director of the Charles County Fair Board since 1987.