Southampton Schools Introduce New Security Measure

Plans to tighten security predated Newtown shooting, superintendent says.

Visitors entering Southampton School District buildings now face an extra layer of security.

Superintendent J. Richard Boyes, Ed.D., said that there are now cameras at the entrances of the schools, and the outer doors will remain locked until visitors speak to the security staff over an intercom. Visitors "must be seen and spoken to first,” he said.

Previously, visitors could freely enter at the front door of school buildings, then present ID at the security desk and sign in for a visitor's badge.

Dr. Boyes said the school district had been in the process of adding the new security protocol before the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The event, in which 20 young students and six staff members were killed, cast a spotlight on school security nationally.

There is a trade-off between convenient access and heightened security, Dr. Boyes said. “When you tighten it up, it aggravates some people. And other people say, 'I’m glad you did that.'"

In the light of the recent tragedy and other incidents, some security measures are more acceptable than before, he said.

Dr. Boyes, who is retiring at the end of the school year, has worked in education for 42 years. He said that at the beginning of his career, in the Adirondacks and western New York, it was commonplace to see pickup trucks with gun racks in the back in school parking lots.

“It's come so far since then," he said. "It's sad, because we didn't hear about school shootings and things years ago."

Hope and Change January 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
mr Boyles, thanks for all you have done to educate our youth. sorry we can only commit to paying you $200k a year for life with scheduled increases and full free benefits . you see, we are stuggling in the new entitlement economy and are challenged to meet our bills and school taxes every month other wise we would love to have you take more. enjoy your golden carpet ride at our expense.
Hazel Wilkonson the First January 15, 2013 at 03:58 PM
mr Boyles, please forgive hope and change. He is unhappy with his lot in life and is only made angrier by the success of others. He is especially angered by education and learning. You see, he is a member of the new "each man for himself" society - as long as each man does no better than him. Wait, isn't that called "socialism"?
Jack January 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM
If that compensation is correct then that is over the top and shows the greed of the teachers union and the avarice of politicians who allowed that to happen in order to buy votes. The shame of it is we have thee highest property taxes in the country mistly due to that compensation and thus forcing people who love living here off of Long Island. Most Long Islanders make a quarter of that compensation on generally 250 work days per year vs 180 days a year for a working school year. At the very least, giving someone a pension and health benefits on that income is obscene. Again pity goes to the taxpayers that are forced to endure those costs.especially seniors and young families.


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