Gowanda superintendent talks student safety

GOWANDA – Student safety is a priority for the administration at Gowanda Central School. Superintendent Charles Rinaldi talked about a recent meeting that was held between school officials and members of local law enforcement.

“It was an organizational meeting. … There are still quite a few things that need to get done,” Rinaldi said.

The meeting included administrators for the school as well as members from police enforcement and first responders. Coming out of the meeting were suggestions how the district could work on improvements inside the district.

“I emailed the staff and they got back to me on things we can do in-house to make the school more safe,” he said.

Different committees will research how to utilize the school resource officers, how to incorporate the community into a safety plan as well as looking into eligible aid. The district may be eligible to receive aid for mental health services for students. Although sometimes this aid can be difficult to come by, according to Rinaldi.

“This is going to have to be a regional effort,” Rinaldi said.

The district will also plan an emergency drill later in the spring. Rinaldi was not sure how the drill will be structured but he said it might be an active shooter drill. In new business, Knicole Isler, Grace Dudek, Amphavanh Philarom, Danielle Stebbins and Amanda Tuggle were appointed as substitute teachers. It was announced that all tax exemptions must be submitted by March 1. Applications can be found online or from the local assessor.

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