Fayetteville-Manlius School Board: We need community involvement in school safety talks

Fayetteville-Manlius School Board (CNYCentral Photo)

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District wants to get the ball rolling and set up a plan on how they will increase school safety.

Board members on Monday night discussed safety concerns and said they need more community involvement.

Dan Seidberg is a parent and former candidate for the school's Board of Education.

“What I’m hoping for is a lot bit more action then talk," Seidberg said.

He wasn’t the only one that agreed to this. Board member Elena Romano said she did not feel comfortable deciding on changes yet. She said she needs to hear from students and staff members.

“We need to keep improving and I would love have opportunity to hear from our community first," Romano said.

School superintendent Dr. Craig Tice has been reviewing and updating the current district safety plan.

“To begin planning ahead, the administrative team met with representatives from local law enforcement to review our threat assessment procedures," Tice said.

Before making any final decisions, board members said the district needs to emphasize mental wellness. One long time board member also would like more community involvement.

“There is a lot of concerned people, a lot of good ideas may come from that and as a board member, I’m interested in hearing what they all have to say," said board member John Cucinotta.

Seidberg said his hope is that the community can start to see the input the meaningful input from experts in the community.

The discussion was heated at times, as members said they were willing to invite community members to express their concerns.

No plan yet on when that will be, but they will notify the district.

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