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Lyndonville Central School honored for safety efforts

Posted 20 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – Lyndonville Central School District is one of 131 school districts or BOCES in New York State to receive the Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award – Titanium” for 2015.

The honor, presented annually, recognizes school districts’ safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe. Lyndonville Central School District received the highest honor during Utica National’s 35th annual school safety seminar at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia.

Lyndonville officials accepted a certificate to commemorate the district’s safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts from Utica National representatives.

Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels – titanium, platinum and gold – in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety.

Through the program, schools with their own transportation, schools with contract transportation and BCOES are evaluated. Categories covered include bullying preventions programs, playground safety and other areas and are measured using specific, quantifiable surveys.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Mark Aquino, regional manager in Utica National’s risk management department. “Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Lyndonville Central School District among them.”

Aquino noted that, beyond the recognition itself, an added benefit of following the safety program is the chance to pinpoint specific threats to safety.

“The time to address those threats is before a loss happens, which really helps contribute to the safety culture that districts are working toward,” Aquino said.