Scotia-Glenville School District to present report on school safety
SCOTIA & GLENVILLE The Scotia-Glenville Central School District is holding a safety forum on Jan. 28 to update the public on steps it has taken since the Sandy Hook massacre and offer ideas for the future.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Scotia-Glenville Middle School cafeteria.
Schools across the country have been reviewing safety procedures after gunman Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., before turning the gun on himself.
“Our elementary schools now have a person at the doors to check everybody that’s coming in. There will only be one door open in each building. Everyone has to come past that,” said Board of Education President Pamela Carbone.
The high school and middle school already had that procedure in place, according to district spokesman Robert Hanlon.
The district hired consultant Mike Needham to review safety procedures and he will give a report and make recommendations for improvements.
A committee of the Board of Education is also re-evaluating procedures for people who come and help out in the building.
Board member Andy Crapo wants to start a program where volunteers would come to assist in the media center. He proposed that people interested in volunteering would have to fill out an application with two references, be interviewed, provide a photo identification and have a background check.
Carbone said it is important to develop a uniform policy for all visitors to the district’s buildings.
In other board matters, Business Manager Andrew Giaquinto reported that the district’s expenses are running 31⁄2 percent below projected levels at this point in the year. Revenues are running slightly ahead of expectations.
“We’re projected about a $2.1 million surplus for the year, which would give us an unrestricted fund balance at $4 million,” he said.
If projections hold, the district could end up adding another $500,000 to the fund balance.
The board appropriated $4.6 million toward the 2012-2013 budget in order to lower taxes.
“We’re going to need every dime we can get for the budget process,” Giaquinto said.