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Tighter security was in effect for today's opening of classes in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District.

In the wake of a threat last spring that closed the high school for a day, the district added additional surveillance cameras at its buildings. A buzzer system may also be added at the high school to help control entry into the building, officials said.

"We need to also focus more on the people-to-people things we do," Superintendent James P. Mazgajewski said. "We need to make the kids know they are welcome here, that this is a safe and friendly place."

Mutual respect is a lesson he said everyone must learn. Name-calling, harassment and bullying will not be tolerated among the student body, he said. But teachers are also getting a refresher course on civility.

This year's staff training included instruction from Mazgajewski about how teachers should behave. He told the faculty that students deserve to be treated with the same respect and consideration that the teachers expect for themselves.

The board also renewed approval for a teen center program to be operated at Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt schools Friday nights during the school year. The program is run by the Cheektowaga Youth and Recreation Department at various schools.

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