Johnstown gets school safety award

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District recently received a school safety award from its insurance company for the fifth consecutive year, district School Business Manager Alice Sise said.

She said the award is from Utica National Insurance and is known as the School Safety Excellence Award. She said the district received the Platinum Award plaque – the second- highest safety award – with the district gaining 17,475 points out of a possible 19,700.

Sise said receiving the award lowers the district’s insurance payments related to liability, transportation and general insurance. She said representatives of Utica National come to district buildings several times a year. The district also must complete a 25-page survey for the insurance company. She said the survey accounts for such things as a technology course, fire and playground safety, as well as bullying procedures.

“It asks about safety policies and procedures,” Sise said of the survey.

Locally, the district employs Robert J. Hoy Agency of Broadalbin to handle its Utica National coverage.

District Superintendent Robert DeLilli reported to the Board of Education the district received the award.

DeLilli said the district received a “thumbs-up” from insurance officials regarding accidents, injuries and whether people are “at risk” at district facilities.

The superintendent praised district Director of Facilities and Operations Leo Loveless and staff for a job well done.

In other business, district Director of Curriculum, Testing and Personnel Patricia Kilburn said officials are gathering information for the implementation of grade-level grouping.

The district will start an elementary-school grade-level grouping plan in the 2014-15 school year. Kilburn said the district will conduct “focus forums” with members of the public.