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September 22, 2018

Phoenix District Lauded for Safety Efforts; Earns Top Honors


PHOENIX – In recognition of its ongoing commitment to students, staff and visitors, the Phoenix Central School District recently received top honors for safety measures on school grounds.

From left are Keith Watkins (director of facilities); Diana Cook (board of education vice president); Earl Rudy (board of education president); Christopher Byrne (superintendent of schools); and Karl Seckner (assistant superintendent of finance and educational services).

From left are Keith Watkins (director of facilities); Diana Cook (board of education vice president); Earl Rudy (board of education president); Christopher Byrne (superintendent of schools); and Karl Seckner (assistant superintendent of finance and educational services).

The titanium-level School Safety Excellence Award was presented by the Utica National Insurance Group during the 37th annual School Safety Seminar.

The yearly event honors school communities that meet strict criteria in a range of areas related to safety and security.

Schools are measured in areas such as transportation, playground safety and bullying prevention programs.

For the PCSD, this year marked the first as titanium-level status – Utica National’s highest distinction — which required documentation supporting the implemented safety measures. The award also earned the district a $500 check to be used for safety initiatives.

“Safety is the No. 1 priority in our school district,” said PCSD Superintendent of Schools Christopher Byrne. “I would personally like to thank Director of Facilities Keith Watkins, our Operations & Maintenance Department, our Transportation Department and our entire faculty and staff for helping us win this award. Our team continuously goes above and beyond to provide us with safe, secure and healthy learning environments for all children, staff, families and visitors.”

Watkins echoed those sentiments and stressed the team effort that was involved in receiving such a prestigious award.

“It was absolutely a group effort by all departments and staff to pull this together and identify what great lengths we go to as a district to provide a safe and clean environment for all students, staff and the community,” Watkins said.

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