Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake School District held a Safety Workshop in the Greenwood Lake Elementary School gymnasium on Thurs., Apr. 5. This was previously scheduled in February but was rescheduled due to a snowstorm.
Village and Town Officials were invited to join the Board. Those in attendance included: Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, Greenwood Lake Chief of Police John Hansen, Warwick Chief of Police Thomas McGovern, Warwick Police Lt. John Rader, and Town of Warwick Councilman Russell Kowal.
Dr. Steven Cohen, the Superintendent of the Greenwood Lake School District, and School Board member Susan Selser thanked the Village and Town Officials for coming and all of the community members for attending this special meeting. The discussion centered on school safety and security and community members were given privilege of the floor to ask questions.
Topics discussed included bulletproofing windows in the school (a full assessment has been done in the Middle School and one is scheduled for the Elementary School.) Both schools have full time security guards and proper identification is needed to enter the buildings.
The schools continuously practice safety drills throughout the year, allowing staff and students to be prepared in an emergency. The Middle School continues to promote their “Choose Kind Campaign,” which promotes kindness. Several clubs are offered at the Middle School including the “Mindful and Meditation Club” and the “Anti-Bullying and Kindness Club.”
In addition, positive behavior posters and kind messages are posted throughout the school. The Elementary School continues their positive behavior system and spreading kind behavior to one another.
All staff are trained and aware of mental health issues and what signs to look for. Both schools have full time school psychologists on staff.
As stated during the meeting, the main concern of the schools, Village and Town Officials will always be the safety of children. They will continue to improve security on a regular basis and make any necessary changes to keep the schools safe and secure.