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  • Remington Educational Complex evacuated

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  • The Remington Educational Complex in Ilion was evacuated Tuesday morning after a potential threat was identified.
    “There’s no concern about anybody’s safety,” said Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua.
    Vivacqua said he could not release what the threat was.
    The complex in the former Remington Elementary School houses school-aged and adult educational programs through BOCES.
    Law enforcement was immediately contacted after the threat.
    District officials decided to evacuate the building based on the advice of Ilion police.
    “We evacuated the building and we did a search in conjuction with other law enforcement agencies,” said Ilion Police Chief Timothy Parisi.
    Parisi declined to go into specifics about the threat until the department had processed all the information it had gathered.
    “As soon as we have made a determination … more information will be coming,” he said.
    Police determined the complex is safe and district officials said students were safe throughout the process.
    “Our students were never in danger,” said Vivacqua. “We, however, take all threats seriously. We had a plan in place, and everything went according to that plan.”
    School-aged students in Pathways Academy at the Remington Educational Complex were transported to the BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in East Herkimer.
    Students were dismissed and bused from there a their normal times.
    Adult students were dismissed directly from the Remington Educational Complex to go home for the day.
    Vivacqua said school at the complex will resume as normal on Wednesday, and there are no concerns about the safety of the students.
    “The students were very well behaved during this process,” he said. “We appreciate that the kids were calm, orderly and followed directions. We also appreciate that our staff acted appropriately throughout the process. The Ilion Police Department, assisted by other local law enforcements agencies ,assisted with the evacuation. Law enforcement, as always, acted swiftly and professionally.”
    If parents have any concerns or questions, they may contact Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES at 867-2000, according to the release.
    GateHouse New York contributed to this article
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