Superintendent Bob Thomas announcing that Jason Periard is being named the district’s new Chief of Security. He replaces Gus Paidousis, who will be retiring effective July 31, 2021. Mr. Periard will start his new position on Aug. 1, 2021.
Mr. Periard is currently vice president of the Community Security Initiative at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which represents the security of over 500 institutions, including over 100 schools. He previously served 21 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in numerous security and law enforcement leadership positions throughout the world. This includes working as a Special Agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and as an Investigations Officer for the USMC Criminal Investigation Division.
“Protecting the safety and security of our students, employees and school communities is vitally important,” said Superintendent Thomas. “I believe that Mr. Periard’s experience in law enforcement, program development and project management and his commitment to fostering strong relationships between educators and security professionals make him an outstanding choice to lead the Security Department. I also believe that Mr. Periard’s experience in diverse, multi-cultural communities and his emphasis on earning public trust will support our district’s efforts to promote a positive culture and make all students feel welcome.”
“I am thrilled and honored for the chance to serve with Knox County Schools,” said Periard. “Safety is an essential part of the district’s educational mission, and I look forward to helping foster a vibrant environment that supports learning in each of the district’s schools.”