Yorktown Schools To Implement Security Changes Monday

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Thomas Cole, the assistant superintendent for business for the Yorktown Central School District, said security changes will be implemented Monday. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Central Schools will increase security measures with district-wide changes beginning next Monday, Assistant Superintendent for Business Tom Cole told parents in a letter Wednesday.

There will be a new team of school monitors in every building across the district, Cole said. In the elementary schools the monitors will act as greeters in the lobby areas. They will be responsible for screening visitors to the buildings and providing a constant presence throughout the entire school day.

The monitors will perform the same functions in the high school and middle school lobbies, and also monitor the parking lot areas of the high school and middle school and around the perimeter of those buildings.

“Each of the monitors has prior experience in law enforcement, active military duty or prior security responsibilities,” Cole said.

The monitors will be trained in the district’s emergency response and visitor policy protocols by Comprehensive Solutions, LLC.

“Ultimately, in early March, our security consultant, Michael Dorn of Safe Havens International, will evaluate the changes we are making and provide input into how our new monitors are being utilized,” Cole said. “We may modify our approach based on his report.”

Cole said these changes will be the first of several to come.

“As we go through this transition of personnel and protocol we ask for your patience and understanding," he said. "Remember that our goal is to keep our schools safe and accessible. Your participation and cooperation are critical.”

Cole asks parents to visit the district's safety website for more information.

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CtlndMnr:

1) Would like to see Mr. Cole come back with a total cost for these safety/security provisions;
2) Would like to see Mr. Ball and Mr. Katz try to spend less time trying to get on Fox News, and explain how they are going to get funding for the measures outlined by Mr. Cole;

bmarschhauser:

Thanks for the comment. At Monday's Board of Education meeting, Thomas Cole said "readily identifiable" safety procedures (such as this) would be added to the 2013-14 budget. The specifics - including the cost - will be revealed and discussed at future budget hearings. We will definitely make that information known once we learn more.

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