Security concerns raised in Troy
TROY - A resident questioned the Troy Area School Board about safety recently.
At the last school board meeting, Rick Gilliland of Troy spoke to the board during the public comment period.
It was among the latest security concerns brought up in the area in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.
He stated that he was concerned about the safety of both the students and the teachers, and asked if anything was being done.
"I just feel like we can go two hours each way, east-west, and they have armed security guards in their schools," he said. "I think our kids and our teachers are sitting ducks."
Gilliland said, "I just think we ought to look into it a little more about what we can do" for the safety of the children, regardless of cost.
"We're talking about people's lives here," he said. "I mean, if I got to pay more taxes, I got to pay more taxes, but I think we really need to look into it a little bit further. We can all say, 'it probably won't happen,' but I'm sure the other schools thought it wasn't going to happen either."
He said it was sad that he had to be there to speak about safety, but he said that was the reality. He urged the board to be leaders, and not wait for something to happen.
"We have to feel like our kids are safe at school, our teachers are safe at school."
During the Troy Intermediate School report, principal Rebecca Stanfield acknowledged Gilliland's comments, and noted that the school was revisiting its security measures.
"We've made a number of changes in our building, and we're just asking that parents be patient with us," she said.
Later in the meeting, one option that was discussed was shatterproof glass.
Board member Darren Roy, meanwhile, said the district needed to "limit the entrance and exit out of these buildings" by the students.
Board president Todd Curren, however, said he couldn't see "us enclosing this whole campus."
"What is going to do the most good is the heightened sense of awareness that we have right now," he commented. He said the district has to be vigilant and continue to evolve and "stay on top of this."
He said the superintendent "is looking at training every place he can to keep us on top of this."
The issue of school security also came up during board vice president Dan Martin's report on the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. He mentioned a seminar on school security.
"They're looking deeper into that, along with other districts across the state, to see how we can improve security and not feel like our kids are going to prison," he said.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.