School Specialty, Inc: To introduce advanced school security training at 2015 NSBA conference

Company to Talk Shop With School Board Leaders About
Innovative, Evidence-Based Advanced Training and Security
Solutions to Help Keep Our Children Safe

GREENVILLE, Wis., March 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — School Specialty,
Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) (“School Specialty” or “the Company”), a leading
distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and
services to the education marketplace, announced today that the Company
will be demonstrating its latest SSI GUARDIAN programs at the 75th
Annual National School Boards Association (NSBA) Conference. The
conference runs from March 21-23, 2015 at the Music City Center in
Nashville, Tennessee.

“We are excited to attend the NSBA Conference and look forward to
meeting with our partners in education. This year in particular is
exciting for us as we will be showcasing our newest advanced school
security training and solutions, designed to keep schools and our
children safe,” stated Michael A. Yorio, President, SSI GUARDIAN, LLC
and Senior Vice President of School Specialty’s Security Division.
“School safety and security have never been more critical than now,
given the unfortunate upward trend of tragic events. Our advanced
training fulfills a critical market need, providing schools with the
most up to date research-based, PhD authored curriculum that meets
academic standards. GUARDIAN programs are taught by some of America’s
most qualified security experts. Our instructors bring decades of real
life experience to the classroom; those who have proudly served in the
U.S. Secret Service, Department of State, Federal Air Marshall Service
and Chiefs of Police now humbly serve our children.”

SSI GUARDIAN also has drawn upon the expertise of the academic
community, adding to their team, Mr. Rocky DelMonaco, former Vice
President Global Campus Security with Georgetown University and
Professor Frank Trapp, PhD who currently has incorporated GUARDIAN’s
advanced active shooter training into an emergency operations planning
course at Methodist University.

SSI GUARDIAN is exhibiting at Booth #839 and attendees are welcome to
come by and learn more about the GUARDIAN custom solutions which
integrate advanced training (onsite, webinars and e-Learning forums),
consulting services, security products, and technology solutions.
Advanced Active Shooter Response and School Bus Driver Awareness are
examples of advanced training programs offered to K-12 schools.

Mr. Yorio concluded, “We do not subscribe to the ‘train the trainer
model’; our school children deserve the best when it comes to security
and will now have access to the same security experts who have
protected U.S. Presidents, senior diplomats and Hollywood mega stars.
Effective school security starts with proper planning and school board
officials can lead the way.”

For more information on SSI GUARDIAN, please also visit us on the web

The NSBA Annual Conference and Exposition brings together education
leaders at a time when domestic policies and global trends are
combining to shape the future of students. More than 5,000 board
members, superintendents, and education leaders from across the country
and around the globe are expected to attend to gain knowledge and
information in five key areas: leadership, advocacy, technology +
learning, urban school issues, and school law. The 2015 conference will
feature more than 200 programming sessions, workshops, speakers, site
visits, and exhibitors with cutting-edge content, best practices, and
the freshest ideas to support student achievement. For more info,
please visit

About School Specialty, Inc.

School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary
products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The
Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and
very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and
supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with
educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to
help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure
that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more
information about School Specialty, visit

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