Frankfort town and village police and the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department will receive copies of the safety plans for the Frankfort-Schuyler school district’s buildings as a result of a recent meeting of the Frankfort-Schuyler School Safety Committee.
School Superintendent Robert Reina told the school board at a meeting Tuesday the committee had met recently to discuss issues raised by the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The committee also added Officer in Charge James Getman of the Frankfort Town Police and Frankfort Village Police Chief Ronald Petrie to the district’s crisis response team.
The police requested school building tours and Getman and Petrie plan to bring in as many of their officers as possible. This will be set up during the February break, according to Reina.
He said the school has cameras in the high school and elementary school buildings that can be monitored from either school.
“We’re trying to develop a way so the police cruisers can get access,” said Reina.
He said the possibility of having school resource officers was discussed. “Officer Getman, Chief Petrie and I could work together to look for funding if that’s a direction we wanted to go,” he added.
They also offered to conduct a building security assessment.
A scenario training session with the school administrators is planned. “Who steps up when somebody isn’t available,” said Reina. “They’ll be working through a series of scenarios.
Board President Lisa LoRe raised an issue she had brought up at an earlier meeting about ambulance response time and asked about liability concerns for the school district.
Reina said as long as the district had people certified in first aid and injury prevention, it meets the liability requirements. He said one of the people on hand to assist when a student was injured at the school was another student who is being trained through the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department’s program for students. He said he would invite Fire Chief Charles Conigliaro to attend a board meeting to discuss concerns and to explain the program.
In other business Tuesday, the board:
• Approved the senior class trip to Lake George.
• Heard district students had again participated in a math-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
• Heard the Friends of Rachel Club was making a visit to Folts Homes in Herkimer.
• Heard high school math teacher Audrey Cucci had visitors from Binghamton sit in on her classes to view her teaching methods.
• Received word from Reina the district had received proof of immunization from families who had not submitted these documents. He said letters are now going out to families whose children have not received physical exams.