John McDonald - 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Award

John McDonald of the Missouri School Boards’ Association has been honored as the recipient of the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Excellence in Public Safety
award. The U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, the ‘ASTORS’,
recognizes the visionary agencies and individuals that are shaping the
future of homeland security and public safety.
John McDonald is recognized internationally as the architect of the
post-Columbine High School tragedy security and emergency
management plan for Jeffco Public Schools. John was recently named
as the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Chief Operating Officer for
the newly formed National Council on School Safety Leadership.
John has also been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
and the White House as an expert on active-shooter preparedness and
emergency planning and has managed several school-based crises. In
2015, John was named a Community Game Changer by CBS News for
his work protecting kids.
MSBA is a not-for-profit organization that exists to help school boards
ensure all students succeed.