Jarvis Middle School parents, educators discuss moving forward at BOE meeting

ILION, N.Y.--The board of education for Central Valley School District met with parents and community members Wednesday night to discuss the week's hectic beginning.

Posted: Mar 7, 2018 11:18 PM
Updated: Mar 8, 2018 12:47 AM

ILION, N.Y.--The board of education for the Central Valley School District met with parents and community members Wednesday night to discuss moving past the week's hectic beginning.

In two days, there were four threats made against Jarvis Middle School. Police officials said each threat was made by a student attending the school, and collectively caused multiple lockouts within the building.

After an hour-long executive session, the school board heard comments and concerns from the public. Officials with the district shared their thoughts as well.

"We had a handful of bad actors, they do not represent, they do not represent the middle school population," said Melissa Hoskey, principal of Jarvis Middle School.

"I wanted them to be more aware that we need just more security at the front doors," Jeremy Rose, the parent of a Jarvis student said.

"We need to have a conversation about actually securing the schools, like I said, such as we do with other government buildings," Kirk Hilts, another parent said.

Central Valley's superintendent shared more details on plans to secure the building that were set in motion before this week's threats.

"Currently, we are in a building project," said CVSD superintendent Jeremy Rich.

As Jarvis Middle School prepares to close for two years as part of that building project, Rich said the focus going forward will be limiting entry points into district schools, and requiring multiple levels of clearance before a visitor can enter a building.

"Cameras in all of the buildings [are] also within the project, that was already in place and those are going to be present at all of the buildings," Rich said.

When it comes to handling threats from students inside the building, Rich said the district will continue to take disciplinary action outside of police investigations.

All four students who reportedly threatened Jarvis are facing felony charges of making a terroristic threat. Rich said each student is also facing five days of suspension. Their cases will go before a hearing officer, who will make a recommendation to the board on further disciplinary action.

However, at Wednesday night's board meeting, both school officials and parents stressed the importance of building character at home.

"The weekends, the summers, you're not in school, you don't have the teacher influence during those times," Becky Dean, a parent of two elementary students said. "So it's the parents, it's the family, it's the home environment."

"The board of education would like to stress the importance and significance of having conversations not only at school, but at home about conduct, bullying, discipline and how to be upstanding citizens," Kelly Rowland, CVSD board of education president said. "We need to work together as a community to build the necessary relationships where we can educate our students on personal levels to address this concern."

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