December 1, 2022


The Education People

South Lewis educational facilities win state grant to boost college basic safety

TURIN — The South Lewis Central School district won a $168,739 grant from the New York State Education Division to enable avoid college violence. South Lewis joins 83 school districts and non-income corporations in New York to be awarded grant funds by way of the method, which totals extra than $24 million.

The grants will be distributed above a five-year interval from July 1, 2021, by June 30, 2026, and are to be used for Prolonged Faculty Day and Faculty Violence Avoidance courses.

“As we get ready for learners to return to college in September, we anticipate that some might call for not only further academic enrichment, but also obtain to social and psychological methods,” explained Board of Regents Chancellor Lestor W. Youthful, Jr. “The grants we’re awarding today will play a essential part towards shielding and enriching students across the condition, write-up-pandemic and outside of.”

The 83 recipients of grants ranging from $44,000 to $350,000 ended up chosen from 278 candidates requesting a complete of much more than $75 million in software funding, the announcement said, adding that applicants have been awarded monies for both ESD or SVP plans, or both of those. The Condition Schooling Section sought to fund faculty violence avoidance routines, which include complete university-dependent intervention types, that reduce violence and enhance college security by supporting safe corridors, variety systems and collaboration with legislation enforcement or group-dependent businesses.

South Lewis Superintendent Doug Premo mentioned the district experienced applied for and received grant monies throughout the past cycle of this SED method for the two Prolonged College Day and University Violence Avoidance requires. This 12 months, the district’s grant request for ESD guidance was not awarded, with the SVP grant ask for, yet again, was funded.

“We have been dissatisfied we didn’t get the ESD grant,” stated Premo, who observed that funds had supported summer time university, intramural athletics, a robotics system and soon after-college tutorial intervention providers, “but we do have some federal stimulus monies to back again that up now.”  Premo referred to as this year’s award a “kind of re-upping” of last year’s grant “with a tiny bit of incorporate-on.”

The South Lewis district utilized its very last school violence prevention grant award to fund an on-campus college source officer, in collaboration with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Lewis County Office environment.

Premo mentioned the district is happy that the new grant will permit South Lewis Central Faculty to keep the officer, who he describes as “having grow to be element of our university culture and school family,” all 12 months prolonged. “He’s develop into quite common to our mothers and fathers and our college students. He is noticeable at faculty situations, visible in the hallways, visible just about everywhere you go,” stated Premo about the deputy sheriff serving as the district’s SRO. “There is these types of wonderful worth in the existence and partnership that he’s been in a position to develop as a law enforcement officer with our students and our workers.”

Premo famous that the SRO has had a direct and optimistic impression on the South Lewis students at all grade levels in that he engages with the pupils right, in the classroom, main workshops on subjects such as Halloween basic safety, bicycle protection on on-line security recognition.

“To find out about cyber-bullying and the risks of what can transpire on the web from another person who has dealt instantly with the final result of ‘poor behavior’ on the world wide web and can chat about individuals results with our young ones,” said Premo, “I consider has been pretty powerful.”

The “little bit of incorporate-on” to which Premo referred will be the addition of the “Safe Corridor Monitor” function. This team member will sit at a desk with accessibility to stability footage from all district creating cameras. When people request to attain entry to the building that safety check would display screen them and ascertain that obtain.

Premo also noted that the maximize in the SVP grant award will even further allow for South Lewis to invest in a “Visitor Management Software System” that will complement the function of the Corridor Protection Watch by allowing them to scan driver’s licenses and other identification and right away identify whether or not a particular person looking for to enter a campus is on a registry that prohibits them from executing so.   

Where by South Lewis Central College is a closed campus, they have been earlier unable to preserve the School Useful resource Officer right after the conclusion of instruction.

The new grant will enable the SRO and the Corridor Security Observe to remain on duty for the duration of the prolonged college day, when additional curricular routines and educational aid courses

“This will permit us to continue our ‘closed
campus’ after several hours,” claimed Premo.

The scope of the grant will also fund the buy of additional digital camera systems and electronic signage for the use of selling university safety.

Premo shared that the roles of equally the SRO and the Corridor Safety Watch would be enhanced when the about $38 million renovation to the center university/significant university campus is concluded. In addition to renovations to the center school, substantial faculty and grounds, the district will be closing its two elementary colleges and developing a new elementary university on the recent middle faculty/high university campus, which – if all goes as planned – will open for the new university yr in September.

“The heart of the venture is the elementary addition,” mentioned Premo. “Next 12 months, we are heading to be a single campus.”

The New York State Instruction Department earmarks the money for the grant system that is enhancing the South Lewis district to deliver assistance across the condition for extending the faculty working day and improving school violence prevention for the public faculty learners of the State of New York.  

“We know that, when little ones are secure and engaged in immediately after-college courses,” mentioned Training Commissioner Betty A. Rosa, “they will be superior positioned to triumph academically.”