Clarkstown School District Plans Security Meeting

District meeting on safety will cover current precautions and new ideas presented by invited participants


The Clarkstown School District implemented additional security measures after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Now, the district is looking into possibly adding more safety precautions and has invited representatives of the schools’ PTA groups, eight bargaining units, Clarkstown police department and community members with security expertise to a 6:30 p.m. meeting on Monday, Jan. 28 at the district office.

Officials of the Clarkstown Police Department, Town Board and School District announced earlier this month that police patrols had begun including one randomly timed stop daily at a school within their assigned area.  Clarkstown has 37 schools within its borders.

The officer walks through the school and speaks with school administrators and employees as well as checking the parking lot. Superintendent Dr. J. Thomas Morton sent several messages to parents and guardians about what the district is currently doing and ideas under consideration.

Assistant Superintendent John LaNave, who is organizing the January 28th meeting, said the public is welcome to attend and observe but speaking opportunities are limited to the 50 invited participants. He welcomes ideas from residents and asked they submit them by email at jlanave@ccsd.edu.

“We want to get as much input as possible,” said LaNave.

At the beginning of the meeting, he will present an overview of the current security and training programs, then the invited speakers will be asked to share their thoughts on new measures and enhanced procedures or equipment. LaNave said he would wrap up the session by asking participants which specific ideas the district should look into further.

With that direction provided, LaNave will price the cost of the different safety steps.  That information will be shared with the same designated group at a second meeting for comment and prioritizing.  LaNave will follow that up by presenting their recommendations to the school board for its consideration.  He anticipates that timeframe will probably be during the discussions concerning next year’s school budget. 

Tom Truth January 26, 2013 at 03:56 AM
I'll try to play along here - the writer who now goes by a . has over the life of the Patch, as well as the Journal News before they canned anonymous postings, has made hundreds of posts under various names with the same mantra over and over again. If you don't read hatred of the Town of "Clowntown" and its police department then that is your own reading of things. I also find no need to call people names when I disagree with what they are posting, no matter how off base I believe they are or how lacking in facts or knowledge of how things operate, such as how a police department works or allocates manpower or reacts to things within the boundaries of the law. But feel free to attack away - I will continue to throw some thoughts in when I feel I can help clear up inaccuracies that appear in the blogs from time to time.
TT.. I have never attacked people..what I totally DISAGREE with is what we the taxpayers are burdened with in regards to salaries that are Outragous...so we all should zip out mouths and let this continue? we Do NOT GET what we pay for in this Town..if this town was a business that had to run on a budget where they only could spend what they take in on taxes we would be a ghost town... To voice a disagreement is an Amercian Right..I for one have actually helped the police...once a chased a car that was a hit and run ran into a store called 911 and the police came and caught the perp!!!with my kids in the car...I am one who likes to help others.. BUT what this town has allowed are salaries unrealistic they cant even be supported by value..OK TT and clarkstown lifer..justify giving a employee of 150 people to one who has 40,000 plus..$ 250,000 as opposed to $187,000?? anyone ever hear of Fiscal Responsibility?this town has a reputation everywhere. people ask what is going on in that town? so TT and CL if your house taxes go to 30,000 will you just smile and say its ok?Union people has a severe dis-connect to reality.they feel the Entitlement...so sad..BUT I dont Hate...your narrow field of vision is showing..we live in a "DEMOCRACY" IT SEEMS THOSE IN THIS BIG TOP DONT UNDERSTAND THAT....
a litle side bar...I still have the letter from"Robert Morgenthau" thanking me for my help in a situation in NYC years ago....that took a career criminal off the streets for many years...opps I left out something..in the face of adversity...I stood up...went before a grand jury...its people like myself that make this country safer....so TT et new glasses..I am truly not one who hates police....
also..can you justify giving a part timer 75,000 a year? for what answring phone calls? giving a clerk 6% raise??? and just take a look at main street..adding parking spaces and metal benchs does not make a town...cutting down magnificent trees was outragous..and they did it after the leaves had fallen so no-one would notice..maybe if someone had left their desk and went to westwood or englewood or even ridgewood..they would have seem what a real town looks like...people compare when shopping correct? drive thru the main street and what can we compare it too?
Anthony Mele February 27, 2013 at 01:17 AM
"Locking kids in with an active shooter to wait for police, is like locking them in a burning building to wait for the firemen." Anthony Melé http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2013/02/21/school-lock-down-is-not-a-safety-plan/?fb_action_ids=10151321144548161&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210151321144548161%22%3A123740527805134%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151321144548161%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D


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