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Local schools review security

December 17, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

As local students return to school today after Friday's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., some schools say they are reviewing security measures or going over established plans.

Robert DeLilli, superintendent of the Greater Johnstown School District, said this morning resources will be made available for students who feel they need to speak to someone about the Connecticut shootings.

DeLilli said that while he could not go into details about the security plan at his district, if the school district needs to make adjustments, it will do so.

"I don't think we will be increasing security, but we will be asking for vigilance," DeLilli said.

Dan Russom, superintendent at the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District, said the school has several security measures in place.

He said key cards must be swiped to enter the building when it's locked. He said there is a single point of access in and out of the school and parents are asked to wait outside as a safety measure.

"Right now, we are going to continue practicing our lockdown drills," Russom said.

Russom said a lockdown drill previously had been scheduled for today, but the district is delaying the drill until Tuesday and is sending a letter to parents to let them know about the drill.

Russom said he is trying to encourage students to "do the best you can without dwelling on [the tragedy]."

"Every student can start today by just being nicer to each other," Russom said.

Dustin Swanger, president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College, said the college has created several plans over the last several years to prepare for an incident similar to what happened in Connecticut.

He said the plans include revising the security manual and practicing drills for an active shooter. These drills include the cooperation of police and emergency services. Swanger said a balance that needs to be maintained, however.

"It's a tough balance between safety and being an open campus," Swanger said.

Stephen Tomlinson, superintendent at the Broadalbin-Perth Central School, said there will be an increase in security measures at his district.

"We have many steps in place, but there is always room for improvement," Tomlinson said.

The district is coming up with a plan to help students who may have trouble dealing with the Connecticut tragedy, he said.

Wheelerville Union Free School Superintendent Richard Ruberti said his district will be reviewing its security plan in light of the tragedy.

 
 

 

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