Story by Rebecka Schumann.
public-be-heard at the Levittown Board of Education meeting on Wednesday night
at Levittown Memorial Education Center focused solely on the school district's
security following Sandy Hook.
Michael Scully spoke on the issue of panic buttons, asking the board to
expedite the decision to install an effective system to better initiate
lockdown procedures in the event of an emergency.
believe our focus should first and foremost be on the protection of our
children and staff members in the event of an attack or other emergency,"
said Scully, who spoke on behalf of his daughter, a kindergartener at Gardiners
Avenue and wife, an English teacher at Jonas E. Salk Middle School.
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made as accessible as fire alarms are, a panic button system would allow
instantaneous and uniformed reaction time and communication during an emergency
where time and communication are really our only defense," he said.
of installing panic buttons throughout the school district was originally
raised during the
BOE meeting in January, but Scully said the longer the
district waits the longer they remain vulnerable to copycats.
the meantime there exists people all over this country, unfortunately, who are
currently planning tomorrow's ugly news headlines," Scully said. "We must remember that
although the wounds from Newtown may have started to heal, our guard will slip
lower and lower as time goes on and we can not allow that to happen this
Michael Pappas assured residents that children's safety is their top concern.
not by yourself," Pappas said. "We are parents. We are students. We are all members of the
same community and every kid that goes through the door I consider my kid…We
are going to take as many measures as possible, feasible, to make our kids as
safe as possible. You can rest assured that is going to happen."
Dr. James Grossane said the board is incorporating funds into next year's budget
plan in anticipation for future security updates as well as using current
funding to make steps toward creating a safer school district.
know it may seem we are moving slowly, we prefer to say we are moving
prudently,"Grossane said. "We will be moving and we've already moved and there are certain
things that are already in the works."
board announced that all the elementary schools are now equipped with updated
intercom systems, which gives teachers the capabilities to call in a lockdown.
PTA Council and Members Recognized
Board of Education took time to recognize the diligent work of Levittown's PTA
Council and members throughout the district Wednesday night.
is a small group of people in every community that do a large share of the work
and our PTA happens to be part of that," Pappas said.
are very grateful for all that you do for us," Grossane said. "Thank you ladies for all that you
do and for all your active members that help us out on so many things in so
present members were honored, including Levittown Council PTA Executive
Committee President, Patricia Genco, First Vice-President Esta Lachow, Second
Vice-President Dawn Nocella, Recording Secretary Eileen Petrullo, Corresponding
Secretary Mary Rickard, Treasurer Angela List, Historian Donna Waitkus and Past
President Cindy Mulz.
next BOE meeting will be held on March 13.
: BOE Discusses Security Changes Following Sandy Hook