Battle over safety continues in Saratoga Springs City School District

November 13, 2018 11:11 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The battle over safety continues in the Saratoga Springs City School District.

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Parents and students attended a Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to talk about the board’s decision last month to disarm grounds monitors and how to move forward with security.

"It's scary, it's very scary," said Saratoga Springs High School Senior Margo Moran about going to school every day with the fear that there could be an active shooter.

Moran has watched school shooting after school shooting plague our nation. Now she wants to speak out about security at her school.

"The culture of fear, I feel in schools, would not be improved by adding more guns to the situation, it's a byproduct of the lax gun laws,” said Moran.

One parent to four students in district agrees that adding guns to the school isn’t the solution.

“You have to provide more mental health, behavioral and social services for children in need,” said parent Adrienne Mongan. “I think that if school is seen as a safe environment, a friendly environment, a welcoming environment, you're going to make huge strides in overall safety."

But another mother said more guns, means a quicker response time if there was an incident.

"It's a six minute response time from where if you have somebody here, especially one of the armed monitors who's not in uniform, carrying a concealed weapon, they can work hand in hand with SROs," said Kara Rosettie.

The district only has one School Resource Officer that’s located at the High School. Recently the Saratoga Springs City Council voted and approved to pay 25 percent of the cost to hire at least from more SROs. The board of education has not responded to the offer, but Tuesday night Superintendent Michael Patton said the district hired the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal, NYSIR, to look at the districts safety plans.

“NYSIR will be conducting a comprehensive security assessment of all our schools in the district within the next week,” said Superintendent Patton.

Patton said after the districts security plans are assessed, there will be a community forum to discuss the recommendations and get community input on them. The date for that he said will likely be Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Patton did not give a location of the forum.


Emily De Vito

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