BAINBRIDGE – The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District held a safety forum earlier this week, highlighting the school's recent investments in security including the addition of a new security system, a school resource officer, and a presentation on how to keep kids safe while they're on the internet.
The meeting was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Bainbridge-Guilford Middle School auditorium, and representatives from the school and law enforcement spoke at the event.
According to Bainbridge Guilford Central School District Superintendent Timothy R. Ryan, safety for staff and students is a major priority for his school district.
Ryan said that the school is investing in, "The Raptor System," which is a state database backed security system that has adults gain access to the school using a form of government identification.
He said when the adult signs in, the database does a background and sex offender registry check, and if they pass, the system prints out a badge with a photo on it with where the individual is headed in the school. He added that as an extra safety precaution, the school will hold onto the I.D. until the individual is ready to leave the building.
"Safety is incredibly important to us here, and we want to make sure that we continue to promote an open and safe environment for students and staff," said Ryan. "The Raptor System will be active during normal school hours, but will not be active for after school events."
He said another security measure the school district has invested in is the addition of a school resource officer named Dan Demer.
He added that Demer has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, but more importantly he has the right personality dedicated towards deterring threats, making kids feel safe, and investigating crimes if needed.
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