About 50 parents and community members attended the regular Board of Education meeting this evening to express concerns over the most recent Instagram issue. Discussion centered around improving communication, facility upgrades to improve security including closing in all classrooms at the Elementary Middle School, establishing a school safety committee comprised of school staff, community and parents, increase police presence in the buildings, and developing a plan to help students feel safe when they return to school. In addition, the police gave an update on the investigation and what their plan of action was for the immediate future.
The Ticonderoga Police Department will have officers at the school both Wednesday and Thursday mornings while students arrive. They will also be in all the schools periodically throughout the day to help students feel safe. The State Police will also be in the schools both days. The investigation is in the hands of the social media specialist branch in Raybrook, and they hope to have something soon.
The School District will be establishing a safety committee to discuss communication and facility upgrades to meet throughout the rest of the spring and summer to develop a plan to take to the community. The administration will revisit school safety plans, arrival and dismissal procedures, and internal communication to improve how information is disseminated to parents and families.
The District appreciates and thanks those parents, guardians and community members who were able to make the meeting this evening, and cannot stress enough the importance of school safety. The District will take the feedback and suggestions from the meeting to develop short-term and long-term plans to make our school as safe as we can. Anyone who would like to be part of this process is welcome and can contact the District Office to participate. We will communicate this via our Facebook page, the District Website, press releases, our messaging service, and mailings home to reach as many people as possible. Thank you again for attending and providing feedback.