Forum To Focus On School Security Challenges

Following the Newtown shooting, experts gather to discuss what can be done to protect area students.

More than 70 Long Island school administrators across Suffolk and Nassau counties will gather Wednesday in Melville to discuss safety and security issues after the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings.

Educators and security experts will come together for "Transforming Our Schools, Violence Prevention and Crisis Planning" forum to be held at the Hilton Long Island.

Michael Balboni, former head of the Homeland Security Department for New York State, will be the keynote speaker and lead an open panel discussion between school administrators and security experts on issues surrounding security in schools today. Topics will include school violence prevention, crisis planning, early warning sign detection, mental health issues, and more.

Wednesday's panel will feature: Tom Rogers , superintendent of Nassau BOCES; Alan Groveman; superintendent of Connetquot Central School District; David Antar, president of A+ Security and Technology Solutions; and Don Flynn, a retired NYPD officer and school safety and security expert.  

The panel moderator will be Mike Richez of A+ Security and Technology Solutions, who is also a former Long Beach High School administrator.

We're curious, what questions do you have for leading school administrators and security experts on the safety of Long Island's schools? 

Ron January 09, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Oh please. School administrators will only have one issue on their mind. How to pay for it and who to cut to pay for it.
JSC January 09, 2013 at 01:27 PM
With the 2% cap to deal with, schools will be hard-pressed to find any money for any enhanced security measures. Everybody has security guards, but around here no one carries a gun and frankly, parents have always been against allowing armed security in their school buildings. District by district, we'd have to see how feelings on this are running now and whether school boards have the desire to jump on the bandwagon. It might not be such a popular idea a year from now. I would hope this forum would come up with other less expensive measures for districts to consider. Nothing is going to be 100% foolproof.
Tracy Diaz January 09, 2013 at 03:52 PM
The 2% cap? How about we cut school administrators salaries down from 6 figures??
Bill L. January 09, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Well if they're hiring guards maybe they can permit them to dole out the discipline these kids aren't getting from "The Deans" and district can eliminate their $125,000+ jobs. That will employ a couple guards for each dean cut. Ha! Never happen. Consequences no longer exist.


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