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Glen Cove Schools Address Safety Concerns

District assures parents that measures are being taken to ensure safety

The focus of the Dec. 17 Glen Cove City School District Board of Education meeting, held at Robert M. Finley Middle School, was on school safety. The meeting took place on the first day back at school after the horrific shootings that occurred in Newton, Connecticut just three days earlier. 

The board of education honored the victims with 27 seconds of silence, and Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria opened with a statement regarding safety procedures and other measures being taken to insure all of the buildings in the district are safe and secure. 

“I spent the entire day in the schools doing a systems check. The schools are safe and secure and in compliance with the SAVE legislation and in compliance with the drills in terms of lockdown procedures,” he said. “We had an emergency administrators meeting this afternoon and I asked the principals of each building to develop a punchlist of items that we could improve upon.”

He said that he plans to meet with Mayor Suozzi, Police Chief Whitton, the director of security and the director of facilities next month to assess what is currently being done correctly in terms of safety procedures and what could be improved. 

Dr. Laria noted that while generally he feels the schools are safe and secure, there are several areas that could use improvement, such as adding trained security guards at the elementary schools.

“We are hoping the unthinkable never happens here,” he said.

Resident Janet Blatt addressed the high school’s open campus policy, stating that she didn’t think it is necessary, or safe, for students to be allowed to order lunch and have it delivered to the school.

Douglas Oko, who said he has a 5-year-old at Gribbin Elementary School, addressed his concern with the lack of safety precautions at that specific school. He said he felt the buzzer system was inadequate and that a security guard should be present in the parking lot.

Another resident also brought up the lack of security on the school grounds.

“There needs to be a visual deterrent,” he suggested, adding that presence could come from either security guards or auxiliary police patrols.

Parents raised concerns about unlocked doors at the various elementary schools and the middle school, and the principals were quick to assure them that the doors were now all locked from the outside, and all other security measures were being taken. Other concerns included security during after school activities and when students from other schools are in the district’s buildings for various events.

All concerns were noted by the school board and the administration as matters to look into further to see how to improve the security and ensure safety.

Mayor Suozzi was also present, and assured the school district, “the city is on your side…this is not just the school’s responsibility but the community’s as well. We will be here to guide you and do what we have to do to protect the children. That’s the most important job we have right now.”


News

The Brady Brothers may only be 15, but they are already making a name for themselves. Sea Cliff twins Dylan and Cody Brady are determined to make their mark on the music industry and follow through with their number one passion. The North Shore High School juniors spent their entire summer working on their EP, You + Me, which was released last month on iTunes, and Dylan has also been pegged for a “Make Your Mark” segment currently airing on the Disney Channel.

The Brady Brothers have music in their blood, and being twins, also feel that collaboration they have as a duo works better than any other band combination they’ve experienced thus far in their careers.

 

Dylan, who says he has been singing since the day he was born and took up the drums at age 6, notes, “We know each other so well; when we’re on stage, if I want to do something different, I can look at him a certain way and he’ll know what I’m saying.”

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”


Sports

The North Shore Schools Women’s Cross-Country team traveled to Canton, New York (a few miles away from Canada) to compete in the SUNY Canton Pre-State Invitational. This will be the location for the upcoming New York State Cross-Country Championship in November. Starting where they left off last season, the Vikings placed first by more than 40 points. 

Entering the season, the team had a winning streak of 76-0 in league competition and won six consecutive county championships. 

The Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and a generous group of alumni have hit one out of the park with their assistance in upgrading the high school softball field. 

 

Throughout the process, former and current Falcon softball players worked together for a good cause.


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Cocktail Party Benefit - October 4

Sea Cliff Mini Mart - October 5

Public Hearing - October 7


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