Safety issues at Albany High School

ahslogo.gifThe Albany High School PTSA has announced via email that the January 14 gathering will feature a presentation from the school’s principal, Maxine Fantroy-Ford, describing “the security measures she is putting in place for the remainder of the school year, and her security plans for 2008.” The meeting takes place at 6:45 pm in the AHS media center, and the district’s security director, Ted Cook, has also been invited.

I plan to attend, because I was not at all reassured by the letter mailed home last week. Neither have I been impressed with the descriptions of administration reaction surrounding a recent incident in the cafeteria involving fireworks (and thought at the time to be gunfire).

Here is the text of the most recent letter from the principal:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we enter that phase of the school year where review for January exams is underway, I wish to again ask for your assistance in personally reviewing with your child the need to focus on academic preparation. Unfortunately, Albany High School has a small percentage of students whose actions remain disruptive to the learning environment. I wish to be exceedingly clear that such behavior will vigorously be addressed.

Safety at Albany High School is paramount. Every student is ultimately responsible for his/her behavior. Fighting is not an option. Anyone wishing to prevent community problems from escalating has the opportunity to do so by anonymously call the Albany High School’s TIPS line at 459-1355. Effective immediately, students fighting on school grounds will receive an immediate five-day suspension from school as well as a pre-conference hearing with the district’s Safe Schools Principal, Mr. Jerry Carofello.

Cafeterias have recently become areas where some students choose to jeopardize the health, safety, and welfare of others by willfully ignoring school rules. Any student misbehaving in the cafeteria will receive a five-day suspension from school and a referral to the Safe Schools Principal.

The rules of conduct at Albany High School are clear and exist to ensure a safe and orderly academic environment. Students, who choose not to follow school rules, and become defiant, will be suspended from school for five days and referred to the Safe Schools Principal.

With Regents exams scheduled for January 22, 2008 to January 25, 2008, the path for academic success is clear — each student is to be in class, on time, every period. Those who choose not to follow this path do so fully aware of the consequences.

I wish to thank you for your assistance as together we work toward improving Albany High School.


Mrs. F. Maxine Fantroy-Ford

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