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K-L Officials to Discuss Student Safety at Jan. 10 Board Meeting

School officials said they'll discuss student safety at the Jan. 10 school board meeting.

Katonah Lewisboro school officials sent a letter to the school community to announce they'll discuss student safety at the next scheduled school board meeting.

The following letter was shared with the school community on Friday, Dec. 21:
 
 
Dear Katonah-Lewisboro Community:
 
One of the wonderful things about working with the children in our schools is seeing them revel in the holiday season.  The sheer joy and exultation of our young people casts a bright light.  Given the strife caused by Hurricane Sandy, and of course, the unrelenting grief and concern for those touched by the Newtown tragedy, we look to our young people to refresh and renew us with optimism for the future. We hope that this holiday season helps begin that renewal and to all the families of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, we wish you a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season.
 
In anticipation of the New Year, we hope you will take the time to mark your calendar now for a presentation and discussion that will take place at our January 10th Board of Education meeting.
 
As we reflect upon the first four months of the school year, our thoughts are inevitably drawn to the issue of safety.  At 7:30 p.m. on January 10th  at the John Jay High School Library, the Board will begin a dialogue and provide direction to the administration on three crucial facets of student safety: student “at-risk” behavior as detailed in the recent PRIDE survey; storm response in the wake of the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy as well as two late autumn snow storms, all in the last 16 months; and building security, a topic that we have sadly been forced to review again in the wake of the terrible Newtown tragedy.  
 
We hope you'll join us and we look forward to hearing your questions, thoughts, and concerns.
 
Thank you again for your support of our students and of public education in Katonah-Lewisboro.  On behalf of the Board of Education, we wish you happy holidays and best of luck and health for the New Year.
 
 
Sincerely,
 

 
Mark Lipton                                            Dr. Paul Kreutzer
President, Board of Education                  Superintendent of Schools               
                                                                                   

Mary December 23, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Perhaps the danger we really need to evaluate is a BOE that is comprised of individuals who appear to be bullies. With all the research done about bullies and victims- it appears that Kreutzer and the BOE members are the bullies and their behavior is only negatively influencing the entire faculty and student working conditions. Kreutzer came to KL with baggage and his actions and the climate that has created appears to be replicated here. We as a community need to look closely at what is occurring and not be so quick to dismiss the teachers concerns. Danger can lurk within.
Shimontag December 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM
What the BOE and Kreutzer truly need to focus on is the grand amount of money they have paid and will continue to pay is legal fees and settlements. Connie Hayes heinously accused an employee of Child Abuse. Many of us can recall when heads rolled there. Now we have a fine employee who has written many, many, many letters to HR and to Kreutzer documenting retaliation and a hostile work environment perpetuated by Administrstion and particularly Jess Godin and none of these incidents were investigated. I will repeat, at no time did HR investigate the complaints. The individual spoke up, documented the in-house abuses and now she is accused of insubordination? Does this make sense? It is dangerous to work for the KL Schools. You speak up and you suffer retaliation.
Dean Travalino December 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
"Mary" "Shimontag" have the confidence to allow this case to proceed through the legal system rather than to litigate via anonymous posts on the Patch. Or is something else going on here? If one looks at the timing of the teachers unions' war on the BOE and Dr. Kreutzer, coming on the eve of contract negotiations and then follows the money . . .

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