ANGOLA - The Lake Shore Central School District is one of 121 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive the "2013 School Safety Excellence Award" from the Utica National Insurance Group.
Utica National officials presented the award at its 33rd annual school safety seminar, one of seven held in New York state. Utica insures more than 300 school districts in upstate New York for property and liability insurance and is one of the leading companies in the field.
The district received a certificate from the insurance company to commemorate its safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering their safety efforts.
"Safety and health concerns are a priority in our school districts. Whether we are parents seeing our child off on the school bus, teachers charged with the responsibility of educating, or staff who maintain the facility, there is a common thread of attention to safety issues," Regional Manager - Risk Management Department, Mark Aquino said.
"It is with great pleasure that we recognize those schools that not only take safety to heart, but go above and beyond to provide a safe, healthy, and focused culture for learning."
Utica National's School Safety Excellence Award Program helps participating schools enhance overall safety through measurable assessment. The program evaluates schools with their own transportation on 19 categories, schools with contract transportation on 18 categories and BOCES on 14 categories, from bullying prevention program to playground safety, with specific, quantifiable data-gathering surveys.
"This recognition belongs to all of our employees who work hard every day to ensure the safety and security of our buildings, especially our District Safety Committee. This award will be invested in District safety initiatives to continue our efforts in providing safe and secure educational environments," Superintendent of Schools James Przepasniak said.