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School Security Tops Board Agenda

Huntington Board of Education to hear review of safety practices.

The results of a district security review will be reviewed at a regular meeting of the Huntington Board of Education Monday night.

District officials began assessing schools in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school killings in December.

Officer Drew Fiorillo, a Suffolk County community school resource officer, participated in the review.

The district's Safety Committee met last week to discuss the findings of the  review and to consider additional "improvements to safety and security measures throughout the district," Superintendent James W. Polansky said.

Included in the review, the district said, were:

  • A walk-through survey and audit at every district building to identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • Faculty meetings that were held to review existing security and emergency plans as well as additional items.
  •  Policies involving building "buzz-in" and intercom systems have been reinforced with staff members
  • Identification needed to enter a building
  • Changes at Huntington High School requiring that all visitors be buzzed in
  •  Licenses/identifying items are being collected from those entering buildings for meetings
  •  A buzzer added at J. Taylor Finley Middle School.
  •  Lockdown drills in every building
  • Installation of additional cameras at specific building locations

Also on the agenda are updates on the school calendar, the STEM school proposal, a transportation analysis and Woodhull modular classrooms.

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The board meets at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Abrams school.

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