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LCSD holds informational meeting for parents

— The Liverpool Central School District held a safety and security informational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 4 to relay new policies and procedures and answer questions from community members.

Prompted by concerned parents and guardians in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy that took place in December, Superintendent Richard N. Johns sought the opinion of the community after C&S Companies conducted an audit on the district’s behalf.

The audit was completed and reviewed by Johns, security personnel and district principals on Wednesday afternoon, prior to the forum.

While the school conducts a self-audit annually, this is the first external security audit the district has conducted thus far.

“I was a little surprised about the extent to which security issues need to be monitored, and as I met with the building principals today and shared that audit with them, I think they were a little amazed too,” said Johns. “There’s a whole lot of stuff that we certainly don’t pay as close attention to as we should.”

Specifics regarding the weaknesses of security, as outlined by the audit review, were not made public. According to Johns, releasing such sensitive information might put the school at risk.

“There’s nothing wrong with bad news, so long as you do something with the bad news,” said Johns.

According to panel speaker Sue Walker, who has served 28 years in the fields of safety and security, front office training will be implemented in effort to ensure procedural visitor entrance screenings.

“This district has been very progressive with their training,” Walker said. “I can tell you now that this district has a much more sophisticated plan.”

The most recent implementations within the district involve maintaining security at points of entry.

Cameras are installed in hallways, common areas and parking lots to serve as criminal deterrents. Live video feed from all 16 buildings is monitored in a central location.

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