Mayor Kelly Makes Land Use Board Appointments

At the December 18, 2018, City Council meeting Mayor Meg Kelly announced appointments to three city boards.

I am familiar with three of the land use board appointments:  Jerry Luhn, Kathleen O’Connor, and Sarah Boivin. While I do not know all of them well, I know that they are not directly associated with the real estate industry.  I feel confident that they will be excellent appointments.  I am not familiar with the other two who were appointed as alternates on these boards.

Sarah Boivin’s appointment to the  Planning Board is particularly noteworthy as I recall her playing an important leadership role in opposing the expansion of casino gambling in Saratoga Springs several years ago.

I am not a fan of Brendan Chudy who was reappointed to the Ethics Board.   As the readers of this blog may recall, working with the Public Safety Commissioner, Chris Mathiesen, a number of us advocated for amendments to the city ethics code meant to strengthen it.  Mr. Chudy did not only oppose these changes, he was openly hostile to them.  I was singularly impressed with the poverty of his arguments, especially in light of the fact that he is an attorney.  Fortunately the City Council adopted the changes anyway.

The following is part of the transcript from the meeting where the Mayor made the appointments and gave a short bio for each appointee.

APPOINTMENTS: CITY BOARDS

Tonight I am making appointments for the City’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.  These do not require the approval of Council, pursuant to City Charter section Title 3, Section J.

Zoning Board of Appeals

We have two re-appointments and two new appointments.  New appointees include:

  1. Kathleen O’Connor, Alternate, 2-year term runs from 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2020

Kathleen is a City resident who is has been employed by NYSERDA, the NYS Energy and Research Development Authority for 16 years, currently as a Senior Project Manager member of the Energy Efficiency Department.  Kathleen has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Albany teaching graduate level courses.  She received an MS from University of California-Davis, and both a BS and BA from the University of Michigan.

  1. Jerry Luhn, ful-time  member, replacing resignee, term runs from 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2020

Jerry is a City resident and Attorney who served twenty-seven years as Assistant Counsel to the NYS Commission on Quality of Care prior to retirement from State service.  Previously, he practiced with the Legal Aid Society in this region for ten years, serving as the first managing attorney of the Saratoga Springs Office.  He has also been a VISTA volunteer with an anti-poverty law office in Brooklyn.

Re-appointees include:

  1. Rebecca Kern, Alternate, 2 year term runs from 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2020

Rebecca recently completed the term of a former ZBA member and has been asked to sit for a full term as alternate.

Planning Board

We have two new appointees for the Planning Board:

  1. Shawna Jenks, Alternate, 2 year term runs from 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2020

Shawna is a City resident with strong family roots in the community.  They have been involved in several previously and currently owned small local businesses, as well as worked with and as local government officials. Shawna is currently partners in a business opening this June 2019 in downtown Saratoga, the Whitman Brewing company.

  1. Sara Boivin, 7 year full time, term runs from 01/1/19 through12/31/25

Sara is a City Resident employed as the Art Curator for the Fine Arts and Yates Gallery at Sienna College.  She has been a, Community Organizer, and was formerly with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation where planning, zoning and design issues were often addressed.

ETHICS BOARD

I am also making Ethics Board appointments this evening.  Council approval is required for Ethics Board appoints, pursuant to the Code of Ethics (2015) Section 13-5 (C).

Two recommendations are re-appointees:

  1. Brendan Chudy,5 year term running from 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2023

 

  1. Eileen Venn, 5 year term running from 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2023

The third recommendation is a new appointee, whose resume was circulated to Council members on Friday December 14th:

  1. Kathy Jacques,  5 year term running from 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2023

Kathy is a City resident and Registered Nurse currently working for MVP in Utilization management.  She has also been with Saratoga Hospital in the Surgery Center/Emergency Department as well as other regional medical sites. Kathy also has Board experience with the Waldorf School of Saratoga. Springs.

 

 

Contributions During Recent Charter Campaign

The following information is from the New York State Board of Elections reporting on the contributions made by proponents and opponents of the most recent charter proposition.  SUCCESS supported the charter update on the November ballot and Its Time Saratoga opposed it.

Contributions to SUCCESS

UNITEMIZED

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99.00 22-MAR-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 July Periodic A N/A N/A
DALTON, JOSEPH
LOUGHBURY RD
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
150.00 17-OCT-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
FINCH, HARRIETT M
268 CHURCH ST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
90.00 17-OCT-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
INGMIRE, LANCE
44 TROMBLEY RD
STILLWATER, NY 12170
100.00 17-OCT-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
POKOIK, LEE
NORTH BROADWAY
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
100.00 15-OCT-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
SELLERS, BONNITA
P.O. BOX789
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
250.00 13-OCT-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
SELLERS, RICHARD
73 FIFTH AVE.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
250.00 15-OCT-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
SELLERS, RICHARD
73 5TH AVE
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
250.00 20-MAR-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 July Periodic A N/A N/A
WEIHE, JANE
44 WHITE ST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
500.00 22-MAR-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 July Periodic A N/A N/A
WIEHE, MARTHA J
44 WHITE ST.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
250.00 15-OCT-18 SARATOGIANS UNITED TO CONTINUE THE CHARTER ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN OUR SUCCESS (SUC 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
Total Contributions: 2,039.00

Contributions to Its Time Saratoga

Contributor Amt Contr. Date Recipient Report Sched Office Dist
ALTAMARI, JEFFREY
10 VICTORIA LA
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
2,500.00 01-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
BOARDMAN, JOHN
118 WHITE ST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
50.00 15-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
BOYD, GORDON
99 STATE ST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
500.00 17-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
BOYD, GORDON
99 STATE ST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
500.00 06-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
BULLOCK, ANN
86 LINCOLN AVE
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
100.00 02-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
GLANSBERG, LINDA
30 CROMMELIN DR
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
25.00 29-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
KIRWIN, JOHN
94 LINCOLN AVE
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
25.00 17-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
MASSIANO, MATHEW
20 OAKRIDGE BLVD
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
100.00 18-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
MATHIESEN, CHRISTIAN
154 WEST AVE
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
50.00 01-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
MAXWELL, OTIS
158 LAKE AVE
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
25.00 29-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
MCTYGUE, THOMAS
251 CR 68
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
200.00 06-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
MCTYGUE, WILLIAM
15 YORK ST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
200.00 06-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
PINGEL, MARK
1 VICTORIA LN
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
50.00 23-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
PROUGH, MARGARET
22 FERNDELL SPRING DR
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
50.00 06-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
SCHWARZ-LAWTON, HELEN
209 NELSON AVE
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
50.00 16-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 11 Pre General A N/A N/A
SELL, DANIEL
1 LAURA LN
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
25.00 29-OCT-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
TURNER, ROBERT
180 PHILA ST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
250.00 06-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
VAN METER, MARGIE
175 WASHINGTON ST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
50.00 06-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
WATKIN, RAYMOND
9 WOODLAND CT
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
100.00 06-NOV-18 IT’S TIME SARATOGA! 2018 27 Post General A N/A N/A
Total Contributions: 4,850.00

Through the Looking Glass at the New York State Board of Elections

The NYS Board of Elections (NYSBOE) provides a query function that allows the public to ask who contributed to political action committees and how much they gave.  It also provides  reports on the expenditures made by these committees.  The reports above on contributions made to Its Time Saratoga and SUCCESS are the products of these queries.

When I ran the reports I found a strange thing.  The Its Time Saratoga reports showed they had roughly a $10,000.00 balance on hand.   This PAC raised almost $5,000.00 for the 2018 mailing. it made no sense that they would do this if they had $10,000.00 on hand.  I contacted Its Time Saratoga’s treasurer, Rick Fenton, to ask if he could explain this balance. Mr. Fenton responded that there was no such balance, and that all his periodic reports balanced to the penny.

I then called the NYSBOE and spoke to the IT people.  They told me that the reports had to match since the report on the contributions and expenditures came directly from their periodic reports submitted by the PACs.  I emailed Mr. Fenton advising him of this.  A few days later he wrote back informing me that he had spoken to someone at the NYSBOE and that they acknowledged that there was a problem with the general query.  So I called back the NYSBOE and they again insisted that the reports should match.  Again I wrote Mr. Fenton.  I gave him the name of the person I spoke with and his phone number and wrote that this IT person had insisted that the numbers would match.  Mr. Fenton in turn wrote back again dismissing my concern and reiterating what he had been told.

I considered writing a blog criticizing Mr. Fenton for his apparent indifference to NYSBOE’s assertions to me.  Instead, I decided to dig deeper.  I found another option that provided summaries for each of the reports the PACs submitted periodically on what they had received and spent.  I then entered the contributions and expenses from each report into a spreadsheet.  What I found was that the contributions matched the general query but that the expenses were significantly less.

I then called IT again.  I pointed out to them that these reports did not match.  They were unable to explain this and they connected me with another department that worked in this particular area.  The gentleman I spoke to acknowledged the problem.  He remembered talking to Mr. Fenton and acknowledged that he had been unaware of the problem prior to his conversation with Mr. Fenton.

Into The Data Weeds

As it turns out in-kind contributions and refunds are reported on different forms which are not picked up by the general query.  For instance, Tony Ianniello picked up the cost of a mailing for Its Time to the tune of $7,500.00.  This appeared in the main report as an in kind contribution from him but the expenditure did not because it was recorded on a different form.  Similarly, $1,500.00  was refunded to another contributor but was recorded on a different form and did not appear either as a negative number on the contributions report or as an expense in the expense report.

I made my living writing software and working with databases.  It should be simple to correct this design flaw.  The reality is that bugs are only fixed when someone with sufficient influence cares that they be corrected.  It is a sad testament to how seriously these reports are taken that this hasn’t happened.

Kafka at the NYSBOE

While I was trying to figure out why the numbers did not match I decided to inquire how one would pursue a violation in reporting by PACs.

Risa Sugarman is the Chief Enforcement Counsel for the Board of Elections and is in charge of conducting investigations. Her office has been at the center of controversy for years.  As I understand it, following the Governor’s disbanding of the Moreland Commission in 2014, he appointed Ms. Sugarman as the counsel heading this office.  She has pursued a number of high profile cases.  One involved donations to the Independent Democratic Caucus in the New York State Senate.  This was a group of right wing Democrats mainly from downstate who made a deal with the Republicans to keep them in the majority and in turn received significant perks and power (most of them lost their primary before last year’s election and are now gone).

Ms. Sugarman has been at bitter odds with the commissioners of the NYSBOE.  The commissioners, two Democrats and two Republicans, are appointed by the State Legislature.  In a bizarre environment, she is supposed to report to them but as she was appointed by the Governor, she regularly refuses to cooperate with them.  She routinely is required to go before them but she provides them basically nothing.  She has literally not even submitted reports to them on her unit’s activities.  Her appearances before them are often ugly events.

At any rate, I called her office.  On my first attempt I left a message explaining why I wanted to speak to her.  For the next several days I called only to get the same message.  To my surprise, late one afternoon a person answered.  I asked to speak to Ms. Sugarman.  The person put me on hold and when she returned said the counsel was in a meeting and that she was aware of my earlier call.  I was told to put my complaint in writing and was given an email address.  This all seemed very loose.  One has to wonder whether anyone would have called me had I not pursued my request.  I asked  the person to explain the process.  She reiterated that I should make my complaint via email.  She then told me that other than an acknowledgement I would hear nothing further.   I asked, “Does this mean that I will not be informed whether the counsel would be pursuing an investigation on my complaint?”  I was told that was correct.  I asked, “if the counsel pursued my complaint and found it was valid and took action you are telling me that I would not be advised?”  I was told that was correct.

As far as I was able to find out, this policy of secrecy is not in the law.  One wonders whether this is a sign of a lack of resources, a sloppy indifference to transparency, or an overzealous sense of autonomy?  Maybe it is all three.

 

 

 

Update on 53 Putnam Street Proposal

[JK: I received this from the Preservation Foundation.  I must say that my problem was not so much with the height as it was that the image of the rendering of the building which was quite ugly.]

Preservation Alert Update – 53 Putnam

As many of you know, the Foundation wrote a letter expressing its concerns about the height of the proposed new construction at 53 Putnam Street. The Design Review Commission agreed with the Foundation’s assessment and asked the applicant to reduce the height of the structure. The Foundation has met with representatives of the project and looks forward to viewing revised plans.  The Foundation will continue to provide updates as this project moves forward.

Trying To Untangle The Truth About  Insurance Coverage Of City Hall and Costs for Proposed Renovations

On social media and in a letter to the editor by former mayor, Ray Watkin, a narrative is being formed that the city failed to properly insure city hall  and that expensive, self indulgent, and unnecessary work is being planned. The problem is I can find no evidence to support these claims.

I have always admired Ray.  In my opinion he was probably the best mayor of Saratoga Springs in my lifetime.  He was an early visionary about the value of historic preservation and much of this city’s success should be credited to him.

Having praised my old friend, I found his letter deeply disturbing.  He accuses the current city council of having gone on a ”…a binge of impulse buying to kick off the holiday season: an $11 million renovation of city hall.”  Referring to the city’s plan to bond for work on the structure, he offers, “The borrowing is required because the building appears to have been under-insured, the extensive renovation was not planned, and no money set aside.  How many members of the Council, let alone taxpayers, have insured their homes for only one third of replacement value?”

On a social media site Bob Turner, past chair of the 2017 Charter Review Commission, asked “Why does the insurance cover only half?  Did the city not have full insurance?”

Pat Kane, who was vice chair of the same CRC, opined, “Shameful misuse of taxpayer dollars. Who looks at our insurance policy annually.  This REMODEL will cost 15 Million dollars and the city will never get to repair the most essential infrastructure services this city so desperately needs. Fire hydrants, water pipes, sewer lines, water treatment.  Live with in (sic) the budget,  Repair city hall…remodel..is extreme”

Laying Out The Numbers

This prompted me to contact John Franck, Commissioner of Accounts.  As Commissioner of Accounts he is responsible for the city’s insurance.  Here is what I learned from him:

What the insurance costs and covers:

  1. According to Commissioner Franck, City Hall was insured to the maximum allowed.  If Raymond, Dr. Turner, or Mr. Kane can refute this they should provide some sort of documentation.  There is something called “Insured Interest.”  As a rule, insurance policies can only cover the costs for replacing what currently exists (more on this later).
  2. The city chose a policy characterized as an “historical insurance policy.”  This means that special expenses associated with things like architectural moldings, particular woods, etc. are covered.  The decision to secure this kind of coverage was critical for reconstructing the beauty of our city hall.
  3. The coverage will also include the removal of asbestos (the exception to the replacement limitation).
  4. The city also had purchased a $1,000,000.00 rider under the category of “Loss of Business.”  This rider covered the many expenditures related to continuing the city’s operation after the fire made city hall unusable.  It paid for the rental of properties to continue the city’s business.  For example, the city rented space in the Van Raalte Building.  It also covered equipment and furniture.  This included things like carpeting and cubicles.  If you visit the city’s operation at the Rec Center you will be able to appreciate what went into creating an operational environment for the city’s employees.
  5. The current estimated amount the city will receive under its policy is $4,600,000.00.
  6. The key areas that sustained the most damage were the areas along Lake Avenue.  These include the Accounts Office, the City Council Chambers, the offices on the second floor where assistant chief Catone and other management from the police department were located, Commissioner Scirocco’s offices, and areas of the music hall.

Additional Costs Not Covered By Insurance

 So as noted above, insurance only covers replacement costs.  Any improvements the city makes in the building are not covered.  It should be noted that making many of the improvements the building needs has been stymied in the past by the need to displace staff while the work is done.  It makes simple logical economic sense to take advantage of city hall being totally empty and the walls taken down to the studs to make as many improvements as possible.

Here is what is planned:

  1. HVAC: The city had an antiquated system for heating and cooling.  It used window air conditioners for cooling.  The plan is to install an effective heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.  This will have great long term benefits.  It will be far more energy efficient than the current systems.  It also will assist in addressing air quality issues.  (If you have ever attended a city council meeting with a full house during the summer you will be aware of just how problematic the air conditioning in city hall can be.)

 

  1. The music hall on the city’s top floor has not been able to be fully utilized.  To begin with, due to the problems of sound and the fact that it is located directly above the courts, it has not been able to host events when the courts are in session.  In addition, because it is on the top floor and not air conditioned, it has not been able to host events during the summer.  The area becomes too hot to accommodate people comfortably.   This has meant that the city has lost events and money it could have earned.  The new HVAC system will allow this space to be used year round and will enhance the quality of life of our city.

 

  1. The city is extensively redesigning its wiring system.  This will have the advantage of not only more efficiently providing energy throughout the building but will allow it to design the wiring to minimize the cost of maintenance.  The city will benefit  from more reliable wiring and will reduce the cost of maintenance.

 

  1. The city will be installing an additional elevator that will provide greater security and safety for the public when moving prisoners up to the courtrooms.  The elevators will also be compliant with the requirements of the American Disabilities Act.

 

  1. The court system has been pressing the city for a number of years to expand the courtroom facilities to include a second courtroom along with greater administrative space.  This plan has gotten bogged down in the enormity of the problems that reorganizing city hall entails.  The city is now able to go forward.  One nice benefit is that the New York State Administration On Courts will pay for the interest of the bonding required for this part of the city’s rehab saving the city money.

 

  1. Similarly, the city had been struggling to find additional space for the police department.  Many will recall the substantial cost estimates that were under consideration when it was thought the city would need to secure a separate facility.  Through better planning along with the fact that the law library on the city hall’s third floor will be moved to Ballston Spa, the city will now have a solution.

 

Responsibly Prioritizing Rehab:

I mentioned to John Franck that there was suspicion that these renovations would be exploited by the Commissioners for personal purposes.  He told me that the only change in his offices was that the deputy’s office would be reduced slightly to deal with an enlargement of the bathroom.  The current bathroom is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The door needed to be enlarged to handle wheel chairs.

Costs: The latest estimate of the cost of the entire rehab is $10,000,000.00.  $4,600,000.00 will be covered by insurance while the balance of approximately $5,400,000.00 will be covered by bonding.

People can and should scrutinize all these plans.  What I find disturbing is not only the indifference of Ray, Mr. Kane, and Dr. Turner  to providing any concrete information to support their claims but the tone of contempt and anger that characterizes much of what they write.  I find John Franck’s explanations credible.  Maybe the cost will rise from the current projection of $10,000,000.00 to the $15,000,000.00 projected by Mr. Kane.  We would all benefit, though, if Mr. Kane would offer some explanation as to how he arrived at his number.  Criticism is important but it should be based on rigorous analysis and done civilly.

A Smooth Transition

 The readers of this blog should also consider how smoothly addressing the crisis of the fire and now the  rebuilding of city hall has proceeded.  One could have expected the process of relocating the entire city government and now re-configuring city hall could have resulted in all kinds of conflict between departments and dragged on for months.  What is clear beyond doubt is that the extreme attacks on the commission form of government characterizing it as virtually non functional have not been born out in this crisis.  Great credit for this must go first to Mayor Kelly who has headed this process but also to the other commissioners who have cooperated closely with her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Study Details Economic Benefits Of Historic Preservation In City

Samantha Bosshart, executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, has published an excellent piece on the history of historic preservation in Saratoga Springs. In the article, which appeared in the Saratogian, she presents details from a study her organization did in partnership with the City Council.  The study makes a slew of comparisons in terms of real estate values comparing property in the historic districts with those outside them.  Well worth the read.

 

 

City School District Seeks Input On Survey For Forum On School Safety

[JK: From Saratoga Springs City School District web site]

SSCSD Community Safety Forum on December 17
11/26/2018-12/19/2018

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On December 17, the Saratoga Springs City School District will hold a Community Safety Forum. The event will be held in the Saratoga Springs High School Teaching Auditorium from 7 – 8:30 p.m and include the following:

  • A panel of District Emergency Response Team members will provide an overview of school district safety and security with time for questions.
  • NYSIR will discuss the recent security assessment conducted in all school buildings.
  • A summary of the school safety survey will be shared.
  • The District will share action steps moving forward to continuously improve the safety and security of our schools with time for feedback.

Prior to the forum, we invite you to complete a survey to provide feedback on safety and security. The survey will be open until December 14. Thank you for taking time to give us your feedback.

As a school community, safety is on our mind all of the time and we continue to evaluate how we can make improvements in this area.  We invite you to visit the school district safety page anytime to learn more about safety.