OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District is one of 112 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive the â€œ2010 School Safety Excellence Awardâ€ from the Utica National Insurance Group.
Utica National officials presented the award at its 30th annual school safety seminar, one of seven held in New York State.
Utica insures more than 300 school districts in Upstate New York for property and liability insurance and is one of the leading companies in the field.
Oswego City School District received a plaque from the company to commemorate the districtâ€™s safety efforts. The award program had three levels and Oswego received the highest level – titanium.
Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist indicated he was proud of the award as, â€It recognizes employees and supervisors who oversee that our schools are safe and healthy.â€
â€œThere are some good things going on in our district in the areas of safety and health,â€ he added.
Tom Gunn, Supervisor of Transportation in the Oswego City School District, said, â€œOur transportation employees face the difficult challenge of safely transporting our children to and from school every day. Through their extraordinary dedication and commitment to safety, they have earned the trust of our parents throughout the District, and we thank them for their continuing commitment to this very important role.â€
â€œSafety and health concerns are a priority in our school districts. Whether we are parents seeing our child off on the school bus, teachers charged with the responsibility of educating, or staff who maintain the facility, there is a common thread of attention to safety issues,â€ program initiator and Regional Manager-Risk Management Department James Kristoff said. â€œIt is with great pleasure that we recognize those schools that not only take safety to heart, but go above and beyond to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning.â€
Utica Nationalâ€™s School Safety Excellence Award Program helps participating schools enhance overall safety through measurable assessment.
The program evaluates schools with their own transportation on 17 categories, schools with contract transportation on 16 categories and BOCES on 11 categories, from school playground safety to indoor air quality, with specific, quantifiable data-gathering surveys.
â€œThe payoff goes beyond recognition-if our program is followed properly, it should enable school to pinpoint specific threats to safety,â€ said Kristoff.