MEDIA ADVISORY: SENATOR BALL & MOUNT PLEASANT SCHOOL BOARD TO HOST SCHOOL SAFETY ROUNDTABLE
Brewster, N.Y. – 5/30/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) will be hosting a School Safety Roundtable on Saturday, June 8th at Westlake High School with the Mount Pleasant Central School District Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Susan Guiney, to address school safety and mental health issues.
“In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook event and other recent school shootings, I believe it is vital that we come together as a community to find sensible solutions to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am eager to sit down with local law enforcement, school officials, mental health experts and students to figure out how we can coordinate our efforts to ensure our schools are safe.”
“School safety is our top priority for all of us here at the Mount Pleasant School District. It is so important that we bring everyone together to ensure we are doing everything in our power to protect our most precious resource, our children,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Guiney. “I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball for his dedication to school safety and for his work in pulling together the key members of our community to make this roundtable possible.”
During the roundtable, the participants will give input on ideas and legislation to improve school safety in our area and throughout the state. In addition to school safety, the roundtable will also focus on discussing mental health issues such as providing funding to schools and communities for adequate mental health.
The Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents in a recent letter noted that while most gun violence against children occurs away from school, in the last twenty-five years nearly forty shootings have occurred at schools resulting in deaths of 111 students and 26 school personnel.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
What: Roundtable Focused on School Safety
Who: New York State Senator Greg Ball,
Mount Pleasant Superintendent Dr. Susan Guiney
Members of the Mount Pleasant Central School District Board of Education,
Law enforcement officials,
Mental health professionals,
Students and others.
When: Saturday, June 8th at noon
Where: Westlake High School: 825 Westlake Drive, Thornwood, NY 10594
For more information please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.