G’town parents eye ways to make school safer

GERMANTOWN—A meeting to organize a community-based effort to assist the Germantown Central School District with school safety drew only 18 people on January 11, but the organizers—all district parents—said they would continue their mission.

The night was rainy and the meeting conflicted with a high school basketball game (Clippers 65, Berlin 49).

“We’re thinking that the town could be a help to the school,” said Jennefer Klein. “We expect more and more of the teachers and staff, not only that they teach our children but also that they return them home safely.”

Ms. Klein has three children in the district, a fourth getting ready for kindergarten and a fifth on the way.

Each attendee received a form to fill out, centered on community fund-raising for the district. They could designate areas they considered most important for fund-raising. Suggested were electronics (surveillance and communications), physical security on the school building, personnel (guards and police) and professional consultants. There was plenty of space for comments.

Fund-raising could be done through events such as a 5K run/walk, or a golf tournament that would bolster the community, said John Hoey.

Attending for the Board of Education were President Eric Mortenson and Vice President Ronald Moore. Police commissioner Roger Rekow was present, and Justice and Germantown High School social studies teacher Robert Beaury.

Mr. Hoey ended the meeting with a quote attributed to both Edmund Burke and Leo Tolstoy: “‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ That’s where we’re coming from,” he said.

“We’ll keep at it,” promised Ms. Klein, who organized the successful World Café at the school last February. This meeting was a first, big step, she said—“We’re not pros”—and the effort would continue, step by step.

 

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