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OCS Welcomes new Director of Security

Andrew Poole
    Andrew Poole


Mr. Andrew Poole is the new Director of Security for Orange County Schools. His service began May 26. Mr. Poole has eight years of experience in safety and security and prior law enforcement. He served on the Hillsborough Police Department before taking on the new role in OCS. Mr. Poole holds a B.S. in Justice Studies from Methodist University, with a concentration in forensic science.

He said he is looking forward to learning every detail about school system operations so he can help to make Orange County Schools an even safer school district for staff and families.

“I want to have a lasting impact on the students and staff here,” he said.

Originally from Durham, he now resides in Snow Camp with his wife and two children. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, grilling, hiking and exploring new places.

Mr. Poole is an asset because he is already familiar with our community, and has experience in law enforcement and security measures. The Director of Security will continue to update and ensure best practices in school security and safety protocols are implemented to protect our staff and children.

Just a few of Mr. Poole’s responsibilities include: 

  • Working directly with law enforcement to ensure our campuses are safe
  • Creating district-wide emergency response plans
  • Partnering with every one of our schools individually on their school-specific safety plans
  • Coordinating with our school resource officers (SROs) and administrators to monitor and coordinate safety protocols, drills and initiatives
  • Leading safety trainings in each of our schools
  • Working with our special events teams, such as sports, to ensure all events are safe 
  • Monitoring our district security, including emergency communication systems, camera security systems, surveillance and access control

Welcome, Mr. Poole! We are glad you are part of the team