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Smithtown Schools to Revisit Security Protocol

Plans to review the district's security were in the works prior to Friday's tragic fatal shooting in Connecticut.

The Smithtown Central School District is looking to revise its security protocol, with recommendations from Superintendent Anthony Annunziato to be introduced to the Board of Education during the Jan. 8, 2013 meeting.

Annunziato said he is still working out what recommendations he will make and would not reveal any of them in a phone interview Tuesday.

The superintendent met with security personnel Friday to review the district's security plans. While the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that left 20 children, six adults and the shooter dead took place Friday morning, Annunziato said the district was already moving to make improvements to its security prior to the tragedy.

"This was something I intended to do prior to the event but what happened Friday certainly makes it more imperative that we get this done as soon as possible," he said.

The superintendent posted a letter to the district's website Monday afternoon, and while Annunziato did not offer insight to any of his forthcoming recommendations he wrote that the district has "established a mobile security unit that will patrol the elementary schools."

Annunziato said posting his letter to the community Friday would have been inappropriate with the events in Connecticut and information still developing.

"Things were playing out on Friday and I didn't think it was appropriate to send anything out immediately. I needed to sit with my staff and debrief what we do," he said.

st. james mom December 20, 2012 at 01:28 AM
One suggestion is at the Middle School have locked front doors. You can walk in the opened front door but have to show picture ID to the greeter sitting 10 ft away. It would be very easy for someone to get right past her.
Sticks60 December 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
As noted by st. james mom the key to elementary and middle schools has always been the greeters. The greeters also the lowest paid of any part time employee. Maybe moving forward we will finally get an up grade in this position.

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