Shelly O'Boyle, Superintendent
(716) 569-7041 email@example.com
Welcome to the Frewsburg Central School District
I am both humbled and honored to be the superintendent of the Frewsburg Central School District. This is a job that comes with the tremendous responsibility of leading a district of over one hundred fifty adults who all work together for the good of our eight hundred students. It is a job that I take very seriously in order to make sure that each student is safe and receives a high-quality education. My goal is to provide all Frewsburg students with a caring, engaging, quality learning environment while preparing them for success no matter what path they choose upon graduation.
I strongly believe that building strong relationships with all members of the Frewsburg community is one of the most important responsibilities of the superintendent. To that end, you will find me in attendance at events and activities that our students participate in throughout the district. You will also see me out and about frequenting events and establishments within the community. Please feel free to come up to me and introduce yourself. Working together, we can strengthen every aspect of our fine school district. I value input from everyone and will be seeking your thoughts, opinions, and ideas. Please know that every decision that I make will be based on what is best for our students.
I appreciate the opportunity to lead this district, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and community to advance and celebrate the school district’s future accomplishments.
A Couple of Things...Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 8/3/2019 9:05:00 AM
Have you seen our spiffy new Tahoe used for transporting students and staff? Or our awesome new maintenance truck?
Have you thought to yourself, why does the school district need such vehicles? Or why am I paying for such expensive vehicles?
I pose these questions to you because they were asked of me. Whenever I get such questions, I am sure that others are quietly wondering the same thing. I feel it is my job to be transparent and explain any and all actions taken by the district.
I believe that all of you understand the need to have a four wheel drive vehicle large enough to transport students and staff members but smaller than a large bus, so I will focus on the reason the district will have newer vehicles (on a 2-3 year replacement cycle) and vehicles with many options.
Here is the reason in a nutshell:
The district is able to purchase a vehicle at New York State bid pricing which is a little more than half the market price and then turn around and sell it 2-3 years later at full trade in value. In the end, this allows us to drive a vehicle that is under warranty, save money on replacement tires and repairs, and transport our students safely in a vehicle that costs the district very little money. The art in this is making sure that you equip the vehicle with enough options to meet what consumers are looking for when they shop for a used vehicle and also watching trade-in values to determine if it should be traded in at the two or three year mark.
This is yet another way in which administration is striving to meet the Board of Education Goal: Practice responsible budgeting by maximizing financial resources, and advocating for our district, while balancing student needs with a desire to ease the tax burden.
School Resource Officer (SRO)
It is anticipated that we will have an SRO in place this September provided by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department.
Paving and reconstruction of MS/HS parking lot has been completed. You can now enter the campus from Institute St. The Academy St. entrance is open and now provides direct access to the main parking lot. You will see that the loop by the main doors is marked "No Parking" in the fire lane and by the stop sign. Vehicles should not enter the loop closest to the main doors. This is for busses only. If you need to come into the MS/HS building, please use the direct access driveway off of Academy, enter the main parking lot and park in the new "Visitors Only" parking spots. Mrs. Frederes will be providing parents with more specific instructions in the near future.
Have you seen our new tennis courts located at the athletic complex at RHJ? They were just recently painted and are awaiting net installation. We are all happy that our Bears will be able to return home for practices and matches. Please support our students by coming to watch them.
Wooden Carved Bear
As soon as the tennis court is completely done and the area is reseeded, the wooden carved bear purchased by many of our groups will find its home. I am excited to unwrap this awesome bear and display it in an area for all to see.
Bus Garage/Public Restrooms/Concession Stand
The rainy spring and early summer weather slowed contruction on our new bus garage facility. We are all pushing to make sure that the facility will be ready and functional for our first football game on September 20.
Our football team will be in blue this year!!!! Please come support our team as they showcase 8 man football. Our first home scrimmage is September 20.
To help with safety on Ivory St., we are moving the main entrance and main office to the athletic complex driveway side of the building. The nurse and the main office are in the process of moving to this new location.
Parent pick-up and drop-off will switch to using the driveway on the side of the building and the bus pattern will move to the "old" parent pick-up and drop-off location. This will allow more parents to get on the school grounds and off of Ivory St. The Special Education offices will be in the "old" main office location. Mrs. Morrison will be providing more detailed information in the very near future.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or for further information. I can be reached by calling (716) 569-7041, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by replying to this blog.
Thank You for a Great YearPosted by Shelly O'Boyle on 7/23/2019 12:15:00 PM
Thank You For a Great Year
As we close out the 2018-2019 school year, I would like to thank our students, parents, and staff for an incredible one hundred and eighty-three days. Last week, sixty-two young men and women earned their diplomas from Frewsburg Central School District. Many people, most importantly, our families and educators, supported these students along their journey from pre-kindergarten through graduation. Because of this support, our graduates leave us prepared to tackle whatever lies ahead.
Together, we have accomplished remarkable things. Amongst academic, athletic, and art achievements, highlighted in previous newsletters, here are some additional accomplishments of this school year.
Student Achievement: Many seniors graduated from the Frewsburg District with forty-eight college credits made possible by our highly competent teaching staff and through the use of distance learning. However, beyond test scores, courses, and grades, our students also experienced opportunities designed to engage them in learning and develop their interests. Opportunities were provided for our students to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, also known as STEAM. Our RHJ Lego League and Odyssey of the Mind clubs, the St. Bonaventure’s Challenger Learning Center, JCC STEM WARS, and Lego WeDo coding are just a few examples. Middle school students benefited from a partnership of technology, family and consumer science, art, and business classes as they worked collaboratively to integrate curriculums.
Fiscal: Voters approved our 2019-2020 school budget by a 76% margin, the largest approval percentage in the last eleven years. The district also passed the New York State Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress test, which is an early warning system created to alert communities and school districts of fiscal problems.
Facilities: Capital project renovations continue on the bus garage which will include a concession stand and public restrooms. An entrance off of Institute Street was added to the MS/HS parking lot and a portion of the MS/HS parking lot is being paved as I write this. Unfortunately, bids that came in too high prevented the entire parking lot and driveways from being paved at this time. (This was taken into account while planning for our next capital improvement project.)
Through long range financial planning, and with voter approval, the district was able to maximize funding sources and available state aid in order to address the additional needs of our facility. Planning is underway for a new boiler room, replacement of sections of roofing no longer under warranty, renovations to 4th-6th grade classrooms, paving of the remainder of the MS/HS parking lot, and renovations to the community room and MS/HS cafeteria. With an aggressive timeline for planning, we are hopeful that you should see the work noted above begin the summer of 2020, barring any unforeseeable delays from NYSED. In the very near future, you will also see renovations and upgrades to our weight room in order to better meet the needs of PE classes and Frewsburg community members.
Technology: I am also excited to announce that we just recently received approval from NYSED for our Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) application allowing us to continue to place devices into the hands of our students and teachers, further develop STEAM opportunities at RHJ, and give students the opportunity to experience 3D printing. Through purposeful long range financial planning, our technology infrastructure has been “futurized” in order to support all of this technology and any future advancements.
Community: Throughout the year, we partnered with our community for review of our wellness policy, district-wide safety plan, and attendance policy. Our students also had the opportunity to listen to individuals who provided first-hand knowledge and expertise on topics such as the Civil War and the impact of war.
These highlights are just a few of many that make the Frewsburg Central School District one of the finest in the area. Please know that we will be working over the summer to prepare for an even greater 2019-2020 school year. Our staff will be readying classrooms, participating in trainings, and creating conditions for student success.
We are proud of our partnerships and grateful to our community – from voters who consistently support our schools during budget and capital project votes, to the countless number of volunteers who dedicate their free time to help kids, to our towns that always respond positively to requests for assistance. We could not do it without your support. I encourage you to spend time in our schools and see the results of this commitment.
Please connect with us via Facebook (Frewsburg Central School District) or Twitter (@FCSBears) so that you can read about future district highlights.
It is a privilege to serve you, your children, and this district. Please feel free to contact me at (716) 569-7041 or email@example.com should you need to discuss our district.
Holiday Message and UpdatesPosted by Shelly O'Boyle on 12/21/2018 10:00:00 AM
The Frewsburg Central School District would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season that is filled with peace, joy, and love. We are extremely fortunate to have a community that values its school. A partnership such as this truly benefits our children.
A couple of updates for you…
In my July blog post, I was excited to announce that Mrs. Frederes was going to assume the position of Interim MS/HS Principal. I further stated that we were running a trial of having only a single administrator cover the building. After running this trial period, we realized two things: Mrs. Frederes was definitely the person to be appointed as the permanent MS/HS principal and, given the number of discipline referrals, we needed to provide her with some assistance. However, instead of hiring a MS/HS assistant principal at a cost of approximately $75,000 (this includes salary and benefits), a Dean of Students was appointed at a stipend amount of $5,125.71. The Dean of Students position was able to be coupled with our in school suspension (ISS) supervisor. We were able to save money and appoint an existing staff member, Mr. Adam Loftus, as the Dean. Please help me in congratulating Mrs. Frederes and Mr. Loftus!!
A contract is in place with the Town of Carroll and the SRO positions have been posted. Chief Nelson and members of the district will be interviewing candidates in the beginning of January.
As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Superintendent's and Principal's Student CabinetPosted by Shelly O'Boyle on 10/29/2018 2:30:00 PM
Dear High School Parents/Guardians and Students:
Among the joys of my position as superintendent is the opportunity to visit classrooms and come away with a first-hand glimpse of teaching and learning. It remains important for me to keep a pulse on instruction in order to understand the needs of our district and to properly fulfill my responsibilities as superintendent.
I also recognize that there is much to learn from the students whom we serve. To that end, I am looking to create a forum in which students can meet with the superintendent to engage in meaningful discussions. Mrs. Frederes, HS Principal, will also be joining me. This forum will be called the Superintendent's and Principal's Student Cabinet. The Cabinet will be comprised of up to 12 students, representing grades 9-12. Meetings will be scheduled on a monthly basis in the multi-purpose room during lunch periods.
If this is an opportunity you believe your daughter/son might wish to consider, I invite your child to complete the brief applicaton form located below and submit it to my office by Friday, November 16. Mrs. Frederes and I will read every application and make the selections.
Thank you for your consideration.
An Exciting Time, Welcome 2018-2019Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 8/23/2018 11:35:00 AM
It is hard for me to believe that summer is coming to an end, and we are about to start a new school year. I am excited to begin 2018-2019 and wish to share my reasons with you.
Our district safety committee met regularly last year. We reviewed and updated our district safety plan and our building level response plans. We practiced our drills, and we tightened our practices. We also looked to make improvements in two areas. The first area was Structural Deterrents:
I am excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Town of Carroll to provide a Security Resource Officer (SRO) that will be present on our campus on a daily basis. An SRO is a sworn officer assigned to a school on a long-term basis trained to perform three major roles: law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and law-related educator. Although we will not have this officer at the start of school, I am hopeful that this arrangement will be made in the very near future.
The second area that we looked at was Proactive Actions:
Being proactive is probably the most important area of focus, since it provides a healthy, safe environment for all individuals in a setting. We have made one of our district goals to promote and create a safe school climate (located at home base in the following document).
The message at the top, ‘Welcome to Frewsburg where School and Community value Behavior, Excellence, Academics, Respect, and Sportsmanship. #Bearpride’ will be introduced this year. These areas will be discussed with all adults and students. We want everyone in our district and community to understand what the Frewsburg Bears are about. Not only will we be talking about this, but we will be visually displaying this message in four areas: the entrances of our buildings and at the entrances of our town.
The bases represent our areas of focus for the upcoming years. First base, creating a culture of respect and trust helps us to remember to be kind to one another. Second base, creating a culture of diversity and acceptance helps us to value individuals. Third base, culture of social emotional support keeps us vigilant and making sure we are all healthy.
Each person in our district will be empowered to create and promote a safe school climate where everyone is valued. The administrators will work with their buildings and all adults and students to start shaping what the action items under each base looks like. We want buy-in from everyone on our campus, so that means empowering and engaging every person to contribute to this vision. I will be setting the tone and vision for this on August 29. The rest will be from the bottom up. Our district is committed to building upon an already great environment and making it even better!
As discussed at our public Safety Meeting held on June 13, 2018, this year we will also be rolling out A.L.I.C.E training to our faculty and staff. For more information on this training, please watch the video by clicking on the link.
If you have entered our MS/HS recently, you may have noticed the gradual “facelift” the building is receiving. We are returning to school colors of navy blue and vegas gold. Door frames and trim have been painted to reflect this. Our new lockers have been installed and are also navy in color:
As I write this, I am waiting to hear when the company is coming to change the center emblem on our gym floors from a panther paw to a bear paw. I am hoping this will be done before the start of the year, but if not, the goal will be to have it completed prior to basketball season. While I know that unifying the MS/HS colors with a coat of paint and changing an emblem on the gym floor and making sure our lockers match the trim may be cosmetic in nature, this is being done to instill an even greater sense of belonging and pride. This does not have to be done by the best and most expensive enhancements. Instead, we can take our already good infrastructure and continually make improvements that show who we are. When you look your best, you do your best. Not only do the people coming into our building notice, but our students and our employees notice. They begin to subtly realize that we are here for a purpose. They feel that things are being taken care of and ultimately, they are being taken care of. They want to be here. They want to belong. They want to stay. (P.S. RHJ is getting new baseboard and will soon be receiving their “facelift”.)
The Phase 2 of our second capital project (2015-2016) is about to kick off with enhancements to our bus garage to include a concession stand and public restrooms, re-location of our tennis courts, paving of the high school driveway, ceiling and lighting in 4 RHJ classrooms, and bathroom renovations in two additional RHJ classrooms.
Here’s another reason for my excitement...the MS/HS is getting a student branch of the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union (SCFCU). This means that a teller and FCS student interns will be located right in our building allowing student access to banking. The branch will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 10:00-2:00. Before you begin thinking that the Credit Union is doing this to drum up customers, please read the following information. The SCFCU is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which is a financial institution that provides credit and financial services to underserved markets and populations. This certification requires the credit union to make a financial commitment to the community. The Credit Union educates students to financially plan for the future. They do this by providing lessons to elementary students, encouraging students to save money and teaching them about fiscal responsibility. By the way, do you know that the Credit Union also gives a high percentage rate on student savings accounts? For example, if a student was to save $5,700, the credit union matches this with $4,300. Here is a letter from John Felton, CEO, that addresses the mission of the SCFCU:
The Credit Union curriculum will align nicely with Mr. Melquist's Business classes which will give our students first-hand experience in a real life setting. Did you also know that students who intern with the onsite tellers could end up getting employed by the Credit Union at an hourly rate of $15.00? Our students will also have the ability to gradually earn credit history and experience credit lines in a safe, educational environment as follows:
In the area of technology, students in grades 3-6 will be getting new 1:1 devices in September, and the older devices from grades 3-6 will be given to UPK-grade 2. RHJ students will also have the opportunity to participate in First Lego League and Odyssey of the Mind lead by Mrs. Joan Waterman. Please click on the links for more information about these great opportunities. Seventh and eighth grade students will all participate in four - ten week rotations of our new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics -STEAM Academy. Look for more information on this from classroom teachers.
I hope after reading this information you are as excited as I am to start the new school year. There’s a lot of good things happening in the Frewsburg Central School District!! As always, I would love to hear from you. Please stop me when you see me out and about at district events, feel free to call (716-569-7041) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or respond to this blog post.
Here’s to a great year,
MS/HS ChangesPosted by Shelly O'Boyle on 7/10/2018 8:30:00 PM
As you may have heard, Mr. William Caldwell has been appointed the Superintendent of the Ripley Central School District. We thank Mr. Caldwell for the work he has done over the past three years and wish him success as he pursues this next step in his professional career! His last day in our district will be Friday, July 13. Please be sure to stop in and give him your well wishes.
I am excited to announce that Mrs. Tiffany Frederes, who currently serves as our assistant MS/HS principal, has been appointed as the interim MS/HS principal. I know that I can speak for her when I tell you that she is already gearing up for a great 2018-2019 school year. Please feel free to give Mrs. Frederes your words of congratulations by emailing her at email@example.com or calling her at 569-7000.
You may be wondering why we have appointed an interim principal. I would like to explain our actions so that you can be kept up-to-date. First of all, to make sure that we are all beginning with the same understanding, an interim principal means a “temporary principal”.
With our current enrollment numbers, we would like to run a trial of having only a single principal covering the MS/HS and not replacing the assistant principal. Appointing an interim allows us to get a handle on the amount of staffing appropriate to meet the needs of this building. We will be delegating administrative responsibilities amongst the current administrators in order to improve efficiency in operations. The plan is to post for the permanent MS/HS principal position at the end of October.
During the trial period, if it is determined that an assistant principal is necessary to fully handle responsibilities, then my recommendation to the Board will be to return to our current structure with an assistant principal and this position will also be posted. Please know that it is my overall goal to make sure that we continue to provide quality service and programming to our Frewsburg students, while balancing fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers.
During these beginning months of school, I would greatly appreciate feedback from the community as to how this “one principal” scenario is working. Do not hesitate to call me at (716) 569-7041, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reply to this Blog post.
Budget FAQPosted by Shelly O'Boyle on 5/14/2018 9:00:00 PM
Budget Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions have been asked during the Frewsburg Budget Hearing or as I have talked to people while visiting establishments within the community. I thought that it would be helpful to provide a frequently asked question blog post to share the answers.
Have a question not answered below? Please contact me at 716-569-7041, respond to this blog post, or post a message on Facebook. I welcome the opportunity to have a discussion with you or provide an answer for you.
Q. Where does the money come from to support the budget?
63% State Aid
31% Tax Levy
3% Appropriated Fund Balance
3% Miscellaneous Revenue
The district’s financial status is heavily dependent on state aid which accounts for 63% - 65% of the district’s revenue each year. Frewsburg received a 2.68% increase in state aid from last year. Keep in mind, however, how many items, with increasing rates, are in the budget that we do not have control over: health insurance rates, contractual salary increases, cost of fuel, etc. These increases are far more than the increase seen in our state aid. The administrative staff worked to decrease the overall budget by $456,151 or (-2.61%) as compared to last year’s budget. However, in order to preserve programs, we are proposing an increase to the tax levy of 2.36%, which is slightly below the allowable tax levy increase. Because the district is staying below the property tax levy cap, eligible home owners will receive a rebate check from NYS Tax and Finance next fall.
Q. Why do salaries and benefits comprise so much of the budget?
A. Education is a people business. It takes many people to create and maintain a safe and productive learning environment for nearly 800 children in two schools. Frewsburg employees teach, transport, coach, and care for the children of our community. They clean the buildings, mow the playing fields, order the supplies, and make the decisions so that our schools run effectively and efficiently. Frewsburg has nearly 150 employees, including many part-timers.
Q. How is the annual school budget proposal developed?
A. Developing a budget for a future school year is a year-round process. It typically begins in the fall with a review of the previous year’s expenditures and the educational priorities. District administrators look at the cost of Frewsburg educational programs, the success of those programs, and how these programs align with the district’s priorities. Over several months, school building administrators also work with their teachers and support staff to develop individual building budgets and to identify program spending areas that could be more efficient. They share that information with our Business Manager, Jerome Lee Yaw, and me.
Other factors that have an effect on the annual school budget are considered and include increasing costs associated with meeting state and federal mandates, changes in state and federal aid, and economic trends that affect the local tax base. Contractual obligations, whether for employee bargaining units or service providers, are also taken into account and can be projected based on the commitments previously agreed upon. Other factors that come into play include enrollment data, special education needs, and the calculation of the district’s tax levy limit.
A draft budget proposal is presented to the school board in February and again in March. In April, once the Executive Budget has been adopted, the Board of Education adopts a final budget for eligible district residents to vote on in mid-May.
Q. Why does the district purchase buses every year?
A. The district has adopted the practice of replacing it’s buses every 6 - 7 years. It has been determined that if buses are kept longer than that, the value for sale or trade-in goes down drastically.
Additionally, after 6 - 7 years the maintenance cost of buses increases substantially. There is also the greater chance of body deterioration due to weather conditions.
The NYS DOT inspects and approves all buses for use of transporting students. The district prides itself on having a near perfect inspection passing percentage. The age of our bus fleet (7 years max) goes a long way in ensuring that all our buses pass DOT inspections and are available for use. More importantly, though, our buses are safe for our kids.
Q. Why does the district purchase large buses instead of small buses?
A. Although no longer a requirement, the district bus fleet ensures that there’s a seat on a bus for every student that is eligible for district transportation. We recognize that not all students actually ride the bus, but we continue to have room on the bus for them.
Remember, too, all of our buses are used for transporting students to various events, such as athletics contests and field trips. If we did not have full size buses, the district would be paying for multiple drivers to drive multiple small buses in order to get all of the students to the destination. By having full size buses available for these purposes, the district saves the cost of multiple drivers.
Additionally, the cost of a full size bus is actually not a lot more than a smaller bus, and the fuel efficiency is very similar.
Q. Why do I see empty school buses?
A. When you seen an empty school bus, it is likely just beginning or has just finished its pick-up route, or it may be a bus transporting students to schools out of the district. Don’t forget, buses have high-back seats and high windows which may prevent you from seeing our smallest students.
Q. What is the Proposition #3 Capital Reserve?
A. Frewsburg voters previously approved the establishment of a Capital Reserve on May 16th, 2016. This reserve was set up to provide funding of the District’s Local Share of allowable future capital projects. This proposal is asking voters for approval to use $189,044 from this reserve to pay the district’s required share of the Erie 2 Boces Capital Project. Lacking approval or if there was no reserve, the District will have to either use money from Fund Balance or finance it through Bonds.
Please exercise your right to vote tomorrow, May 15 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the lobby of the new gym.
2018 BudgetPosted by Shelly O'Boyle on 4/30/2018 7:00:00 PM
On Tuesday, May 15th school district residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed 2018-19 school budget. The district strives to provide our students with a quality instructional program and a variety of extra-curricular programs such as those highlighted in this newsletter. The budget proposal reflects the careful consideration of the programmatic needs of the district while continuing to balance the need for fiscal responsibility and accountability to our taxpayers.
The proposed 2018-19 budget is $17,741,437 which represents an overall decrease in spending of $476,151 or (-2.61%) from last year. This year, our district is also benefitting from a very slight increase in state aid. This decrease in spending and slight increase in state aid allows us to remain slightly below the allowable tax levy cap of 2.4%. The 2018-19 tax levy represents an increase of 2.36%. Because the District is staying under the property tax levy cap, eligible homeowners will receive a rebate check from NYS Tax and Finance next fall.
Also on the May 15, 2018 ballot will be a proposition seeking voter approval to expend a gross sum not to exceed $189,044 from the Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of funding the District’s portion of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus- BOCES Capital Project. This is the final payment of two installments that the district is required to make. By using the funds from the Capital Reserve Fund, there will be no impact to taxpayers. Should you have any questions regarding this important proposition, please feel free to call me at (716) 569-7041.
Proposition #3 will be seeking voter approval to purchase three (3) diesel powered buses. Continuing to replace our buses on an established replacement cycle provides us with good trade-in value. This value, couple with state contract pricing, allows the district to be fiscally responsible to its taxpayers while maintaining a safe and reliable bus fleet.
In addition, voters will have the opportunity to select two (2) candidates to serve on the Board of Education.
We are pleased to present the spending proposal contained on the following pages for your consideration. The school district budget vote is Tuesday, May 15th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the lobby of the new gym. Please exercise your right to vote.
Heartfelt MessagePosted by Shelly O'Boyle on 2/15/2018 9:10:00 PMAfter learning the shocking news of the horrific attack in Florida, I have felt "rocked" to my core. Although there have been many school shootings, I cannot explain why this one has been so impactful. It might be the many videos that I have watched over and over again. It might be the fact that the school district seemed to do things to prevent this from occurring, and it still happened. It might also be because I feel so strongly that children should feel safe, always, but, most especially, in school.As we all struggle to understand the depth of this tragedy, some of our children are questioning and facing a range of emotions. As always, please know that our counselors and psychologist are available to assist you should you need help in knowing how to broach this subject with your child. Please feel free to call the school and ask to speak to one of them.Most importantly, from my role as the leader of this district, I feel the need to assure you of all the measures we are taking to keep your children safe. While we regularly practice drills, we are taking some extra measures to strengthen our process including reviewing our safety plan, reviewing how we handle reported incidents of threats, strengthening our proactive/preventitive programs, and providing students with an anonymous way to report atypical behavior and inappropriate social media posts. We are also looking at how we are connecting with our students.Unfortunately, we live in a time when there are no absolutes when it comes to safety - whether we are at work, school, church or even the movie theater; however, our strong partnership with law enforcement, as well as the positive relationships among our students and staff are key factors in making our school a safe place to be each day.Thank you for entrusting us with your most important assets.As always, please feel free to comment on this blog post or contact me should you wish to discuss any concerns.Sincerely,Mrs. O'Boyle