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PARENTS CONCERNED OVER INTRUDERS AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Parents of Blasdell Elementary School pupils expressed concerns about school security at Tuesday's Frontier Central School Board meeting.

Last Thursday afternoon, a male about 20 years old ran into the school chased by another man who accused him of stealing, said Elizabeth Bradley, assistant superintendent for instruction.

"Both men were stopped by staff and teachers and left the building," she said.

"They were later apprehended by the police at the Blasdell Post Office."

Sherry Hillman, a resident who has a child in the school, said that although she felt the incident was handled well, the school district had a responsibility to inform parents about it. She said she was opposed to the administration's decision not to send home a communication to the pupils' parents.

School administrators have met with the police, said Superintendent Gerald Glose, and will review all procedures taken during the incident.

School Principal Dolores Prezyna and a physical education teacher spoke to the men and had them out of the school within seven minutes. Police were called immediately, but did not arrive at the school while the men were there.

"We are taking the opportunity to study this," Glose said, "and will use the incident to make the situation better. We haven't taken this lightly."

Each school in the district has a safety committee in addition to the districtwide Safe School Committee, Ms. Bradley said.

In other business, the board approved two construction projects that will begin this week following a presentation by Richard A. Binner, assistant superintendent for business.

Binner said the first project will reconfigure the driveway and parking at the middle school to relieve congestion at an estimated cost of $158,545. The second will renovate the middle school office area to provide better security and efficiency at a cost of $82,452.

By including the projects in the current capital improvements budget, they are eligible for state aid, bringing the final cost to taxpayers to about $41,000 for the driveway and parking, and $21,000 for the office renovations.

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