Madden to hold Policy Committee hearing on school safety Tuesday in Stroudsburg

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 16 – In alignment with the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss school safety.     

The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Hughes Library, 1002 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg.

Madden, who serves on the House Education Committee, said she requested the hearing because ensuring that Pennsylvania schoolchildren can learn and teachers can teach in a safe and secure environment are vital to the learning process. Madden will be joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The current agenda is:

5:30 p.m.        Welcome and opening remarks

5:40 p.m.        Panel One:

  • Marcus Brown

          Deputy chief of staff, office of Gov. Tom Wolf

  • Derin Myers

          Acting executive director, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency

  • Lt. Joseph Sparich

          Troop N Stroudsburg station commander, Pennsylvania State Police

  • Trooper Kevin Jancewicz

           Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Risk & Vulnerability Assessment Team member, Pennsylvania State Police

6:20 p.m.       Panel Two:

  • Jill Shoesmith

          Educational director, Evergreen Community School

  • Sarah Henry

          Student, Evergreen Community School

  • Olivia DeRosa

          Member, The Acceptance Project

  • Taha Vahanvaty

           Member, The Acceptance Project

6:50 p.m.        Panel Three:

  • Dr. Donna Hamilton

          CEO and chief wellness officer, Manifest Excellence

  • Helena Tuleya-Payne

          Coordinator of School Psychology Program, Millersville University

7:20 p.m.        Closing remarks

The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit for additional information about the Plan4PA and for Policy Committee materials.