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CiTi Receives School Safety Excellence Award

MEXICO – The Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation is one of 152 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 2018 at the Titanium with Honors level.

CiTi staff stand with the Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2018 at the Titanium with Honors level. From left, CiTi Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Michael J. Sheperd, CiTi Safety Coordinator Patty Cerio, CiTi Safety Officer Aleisha Hartford and CiTi Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Mark LaFountain.
CiTi staff stand with the Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2018 at the Titanium with Honors level. From left, CiTi Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Michael J. Sheperd, CiTi Safety Coordinator Patty Cerio, CiTi Safety Officer Aleisha Hartford and CiTi Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Mark LaFountain.

The honor is presented annually and recognizes school districts’ safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.

CiTi received its award at Utica National’s 38th annual school safety seminar at the Syracuse DoubleTree, East Syracuse, one of seven such seminars the company hosts in the state.

CiTi officials accepted 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.

Through the program, schools with their own transportation, schools with contract transportation, and BOCES are evaluated.

Categories covered include bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific, quantifiable surveys.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Brian Saville, resident senior vice president in Utica National’s Educational Institutions Unit. “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.”