MEXICO – The Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation is one of 131 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York State to receive the Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2015.
The honor, presented annually, recognizes school districts’ safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.
Patricia Cerio, Safety Coordinator at CiTi accepted the award at Utica National’s 35th annual school safety seminar held recently in East Syracuse.
Cerio was presented with a certificate to commemorate the district’s safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts from Utica National representatives.
Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels – titanium, platinum, and gold – in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety.
Categories covered include bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific quantifiable surveys.
CiTi earned the highest distinction, titanium and has been a nine-year award recipient of the honor.
“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Mark Aquino, regional manager in Utica National’s risk management department. “Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation among them.”