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Update Regarding Safety and Security
Monday, January 28, 2019
In March 2018, a month after the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas in Florida, the Liverpool Central School District hosted a community conversation regarding safety and security. More than 100 community members attended this event where they shared their thoughts, asked questions, and made suggestions regarding safety and security.
One suggestion we heard from numerous parents and community members was to add more security guards to the district’s Security Department.
With that in mind, and knowing that we needed to do so in a fiscally responsible way, the district added funding to the budget that would allow us to hire additional personnel in the form of armed security guards. Hiring security guards, as opposed to a school resource officer, is more cost effective for the district because it allowed us to hire multiple guards (as opposed to one school resource officer) and these guards already receive benefits from their previous employers.
Joining our Security Department are retired Syracuse Police Department officers David Carleo (20 years in law enforcement, 26 years military experience, and a Liverpool High School graduate), Greg Adams (20 years in law enforcement and six years in the New York Army National Guard), Jeff MacCollum (20 years in law enforcement) and Rick Helterline (20 years in law enforcement and a LHS graduate).
In addition, Robert Capria (28 years with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and a Liverpool resident) will now serve as a security guard. Capria had been a school monitor with the district’s Security Department for several years.
Along with long-time school monitors Bernie Dziczkaniec, Richard Frey, Dan Miller, John Musumeci and Shelly Sahm-Frey, the security staff will be a presence in all LCSD school buildings on a rotating basis. When students see our staff in their buildings, they will wear a district polo shirt and ID badge. Only those designated as security guards have been approved by the LCSD Board of Education to be armed, and those weapons must be concealed.
We understand that this issue is a sensitive one, and that many of our parents and community members have opposing views when it comes to armed security guards. District administrators meet with local law enforcement officials on a regular basis to discuss safety in our schools and they provide us with guidance when making important decisions about the safety and security of our students and staff.
Our LHS students have formed bonds with our security staff and we look forward to extending that bond with our elementary and middle school students.
As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority, and your assistance is a valuable resource. I encourage our students, parents and staff to be vigilant and if you see something, say something. Our Tip Line (posted on or District Web site and App) is available so you can report any future issues. In an emergency situation, such as an alleged threat, do not hesitate to call law enforcement directly.
Dr. Mark F. Potter
Superintendent of Schools