South Jefferson Public Forum on School Safety Meeting Info

Tonight at 6:30pm South Jefferson Board of Education held a public forum on school safety.  This is to brief any parents who were interested in attending but unable to be there on what happened.

I’d say 75-100 people were in attendance.  I was quite pleased to see quite a few attendees were staff members from all buildings in the district.  Every principal was there, school greeters were there, building & grounds and teachers.  The former School Resource Officer, Jeff Stevenson, was also present.  Several of them spoke up about their concerns as well.  The rest of the attendees were parents, grandparents and yes even students. 

Within the past 18 months the schools have installed 27 security cameras, including a camera pointed at every main entrance.  The monitors are currently in the principals office but they are discussing possibility of moving monitors out to the greeters desk.  With the recent Sandy Hook tragedy, there has been talk at both federal and state levels of bringing back funding for School Resource Officers but the school is still looking into it. 

Concerns voiced from the audience:

  • Much concern was expressed about the front entrance doors being unlocked.  Currently, Mannsville is the only school in the district that locks all doors during the school day.  The feedback from locking the front door has been only positive.  It is reported by staff that locking all doors, including the front door increases the feeling of security and safety in the school. 
  • Concern was also expressed about where the front entry is located in the Mannsville building.  The point of entry is located in rather close proximity to the cafeteria, which concerns parents that it leaves the children too vulnerable in face of an intrusion.  Suggestions were made to move the main entrance to another location in the school, such as closer to administrative offices. 
  • Suggestions were made for main entrances such as placing reflective window protection over the doors so that people within the school can see out but people outside the school can not see in. 
  • Another suggestion was to invest in panic buttons for the greeters.  These buttons would only be used in emergency and would alert police that they are needed at the location. 
  • Jamie Moesel explained the difference between a lock out and a lock down.  During a lock out, there is concern for danger outside of the school.  During a lock down, there is concern for danger within the school.  An attendee voiced concern that during a lock out staff is allowed to still come in and out of school.  It was suggested that during a lock down or lock out, once you exit building you can not get back in.
  • The school has been running lockout/lockdown practices.  They try to not practice too much of this to keep the children’s anxiety at a minimum.  One mother was moved to tears as she explained how her pre-k child showed her how she was to lay if a gun man were to come in.  Another mother voiced concerned that neither of her kids were able to tell her where they were to go during a lockdown.  Mrs.  Moesel explained to the audience that Trooper Stevenson has advised her that the school can only prepare/practice for about 70% of scenarios.  It is difficult to predict emergencies or how individuals will react in these types of situations.
  • There was concern over the easy access to the schools after hours, when no greeter is available.  It would be quite easy for someone to enter the school and simply not leave to gain access.  It was suggested that during public events gates be used to close off all but main hallways.  Building and grounds pointed out that there is a concern with fire safety when you use gates.  A gentleman suggested a committee of volunteer hall monitors. 
  • Mrs. Moesel also said that there has a great increase in concern over the safety of children on the bus and the possibility of harm when the bus comes to a stop. 
  • In general, the major push was for a School Resource Officer to be assigned to every school in the district.  One parent suggested that we as a community self-fund resource officers if the state/federal won’t.  A student suggested talking to the town about hiring a school safety officer.  Even if we can’t be assigned state troopers, it is a general consensus that even a security officer would increase confidence in school safety measures.  One attendee pointed out that we can lock doors, place greeters with panic buttons at the door and install cameras but once an attack starts the only thing that will stop it is an armed officer. 
  • The meeting was wrapped up with Mrs. Moesel saying that all suggestions and concerns were right in line with what the board has already been discussing. 
  • On my behalf, I will be writing to Mrs. Moesel and requesting that Wilson, Middle and High School follow Mannsville’s examples and lock all doors during the school day.  It may not deter an attack, but it will give the greeter increased time to call for help or order a lockdown. 
  • What can you do?  Write Mrs. Moesel about your concerns.  Write your local politicians and demand funding for school resource officers be restored in the face of Sandy Hook.  Demand funds to be designated to increased school safety measures.  It sounds as if several Jefferson County schools have been assigned officers, but South Jefferson has not been. We can not let this issue drop or fade away. 
  • Jamie Moesel email: jmoesel@spartanpride.org
  • Patty Ritchie email: ritchie@nysenate.gov
  • Bill Owens email: Click here
  • Andrew Cuomo email: Click here
  • Barack Obama email: Click here

$ 3.00 Superbowl Dish to Pass!!

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Kick-off on Superbowl Food Deals!!

I love the Superbowl for two reasons:  The commercials and the food!!  Some sweet deals this week include:

Target: 

  • DiGiorno Pizza 2 for $ 9.00
  • Buy (2) Digiorno Pizza get a FREE 2-Liter Soda
  • Use RedPlum coupon for Buy (2) Digiorno Pizza, Get (1) FREE
  • (3) Digiorno Pizza & a 2-Liter of Soda for $ 9.00!!
  • Use your Red Credit or Debit Card for another 5% off!!

Target:

  • Buy (3) Jars of Ragu Pasta Sauce @ $ 1.19 each = $ 3.57
  • Use RedPlum coupon for $ 1.25 off 3 = $ 2.32 or $. 78 each
  • Buy 2 boxes of Barilla pasta @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Buy (2) cans of Old El Paso refried beans @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Buy (2) boxes of Old El Paso taco shells @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Use SS coupon for $ 1.00 off four Old El Paso = $ 3.76 or $ .94 per item
  • Buy (1) jar Pace Salsa @ $ 2.35
  • Get $ 5.00 Target Gift Card for buying (10) easy-meal ingredients
  • Total cost after gift card for all 10 items= $ 3.43 or $. 35 per item!!
  • Use items to make tacos & baked ziti for game day!!

Target:

  • Buy (3) 90 ct Totino’s pizza rolls @ $ 6.59 each = $ 19.77
  • Use SS coupon for $ 1.00 off (2) Totino’s Pizza Rolls = $ 18.77
  • Get a $ 5.00 Target Gift Card when you buy three frozen snacks
  • Total cost after gift card $ 13.77 or $ 4.93 each!!

All coupon mentioned are available in today’s edition of the Watertown Daily Times!!

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David’s Bridal Blowout!!

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Strapless Stretch Charmeuse Fit to Flare Skirt $ 99.99

Side Drape Gown with Beaded Bodice $ 149.99

Strapless Tea-Length Dress $ 79.99

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Crinkle Chiffon Short Dress with Back Cascade Detail $ 49.99

Short Organza Striped Halter Dress $ 49.99

Spaghetti Strap Chiffon with Beaded Empire $ 69.99

Price Chopper Coupon Matchup: week of 1/27/13

I am really excited about the sales this week!!  Here are the Price Chopper coupon matchups with the SmartSource (SS) coupon insert that will be in this Sunday’s edition of the Watertown Daily Times!!  Remember, if you have been couponing you might find some great deals with coupons for previous weeks but I focus on that week’s coupon insert with that week’s deals!!

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  • Eggland’s Best Large White Eggs $ 1.99/ Dozen: Buy 2 @ $ 3.98 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 2.98 or $ 1.49 per dozen
  • Wheat Thins or Triscuits 2/ $ 4.00: Buy 3 @ $ 6.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 5.00 or $ 1.67 each (Great for Superbowl Party Dips!!)
  • Furmano’s Crushed or Whole Tomatoes 10/$10: Buy 3 @ $ 3.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 2.00 or $.67 each!!!
  • Heluva Good Dips 2/$4.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 3.00 or $ 1.50 each
  • New York Garlic Bread BOGO Free: Buy 2 @ $ 3.49 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 2.49 or $ 1.25 each!!!
  • Planters Cocktail Peanuts $ 2.99: Buy 1 @ $ 2.99 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off one = $ 1.99
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars 2/$6.00: Buy 3 @ $ 9.00 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 8.00 or $ 2.67 each

Some great sales without coupons to consider while meal planning:

  • Avocados 5/$ 5.00 this week ( I was super excited to see this!!)
  • Shady Brook Farms Lean Ground Turkey (2) 1.3 lb packages/ $ 5.00
  • Fresh Sweet Blackberries (2) 6 oz packages/ $ 5.00
  • Fresh Santa Sweet Grape Tomatoes 2/$5.00
  • Price Chopper Fresh Baby Cut Carrots 5/$5.00
  • Price Chopper Pizza White or WHEAT Pizza Dough- Buy 1 Get TWO FREE!!! (I love the wheat dough!!)
  • Ronzoni Pasta 10/ $10.00
  • V8 Splash $ 2.00
  • Danon Light & Fit Yogurt 4 pack 2/$ 4.00
  • Sundown Vitamins BOGO FREE
  • Kraft Salad Dressing 3/$5.00

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Facebook Exclusive Coupons

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Family Fun Weekend Events! 1/26 & 1/27/13

Take a mid-winter dip when you dive into Open Swim at South Jefferson Central School’s heated indoor pool every Saturday 12:30-2:30 pm!  Cost is only $ 2.00!! 

For a more outdoorsy event, check out the New York State Sportsman Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY starting today thru Sunday 1/27/13! 

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults (13 and 64)………….$10.00
    Young Adults (6-12)………….$5.00
    Children (5 and under)………. FREE
  • Seniors (65 and Up)………….$7.00*
    Police, Firemen, Military…….$7.00*

*Valid ID required*