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A Statement From the Board of Education re: Armed Guards

After careful consideration of all data at our disposal regarding the important issue of armed security, the Board of Education has decided to implement armed security around the schools of our District. However, armed security will be permitted inside of our schools ONLY in response to an active shooter situation. Armed security shall otherwise be expressly forbidden from entering any of our schools.

The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and visitors are of the utmost importance to the Farmingdale School District. In response to the armed security exploration work that was one of the Board’s goals in the 2023/24 school year, the Board established a collaborative process which included our district wide stakeholders to gain insight, information and perspective. We understood that the topic of armed security would likely raise questions and concerns. Therefore, we included presentations for the Board and the community and other opportunities such as a survey to gather feedback and perspectives from Parents/Guardian, Students, and Staff who responded. All three of these stakeholder groups were in favor of armed security. We wanted to ensure transparency and inclusivity in this process. And as part of our ongoing commitment to providing a secure and nurturing learning environment, the Board has made the decision to enhance our school security measures by hiring armed security.

While the introduction of armed security is a proactive measure aimed at further safeguarding our school community while responding to the evolving challenges in today's world, our primary goal is to maintain a positive and nurturing learning environment for all students. Security measures will be implemented discreetly to minimize disruption to the educational experience. Armed security will be comprised of carefully selected, trained professionals with experience in law enforcement or relevant security positions. We will ensure that those entrusted with serving our Daler community as armed security possess the necessary expertise to effectively handle security-related situations. They will bring a high level of expertise to enhance the safety and security of our schools.

This information is being provided tonight to share the Board’s decision; however, we shall not divulge any further details about the implementation of our armed security to avoid compromising the plan’s integrity. As such, we will not reveal the number of armed security staff, their locations, patterns, or any other information that would undermine the goal of augmenting security measures for our schools.

The implementation of armed security in the Farmingdale School District furthers the many security measures already in place in our schools. We expect the presence of armed security to bolster our existing security protocols, thereby providing an additional layer of protection for students, staff, and visitors.

Farmingdale Schools will continue to collaborate closely with local law enforcement agencies such as the Nassau County 8th Precinct, Suffolk County 1st Precinct and Homeland Security to ensure a coordinated approach to school safety. This partnership is crucial for effective emergency/crisis response and overall security management. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated as we work together to further prioritize the safety of our school community.




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A Message From the Board of Education re: Work Sessions

To The Farmingdale Community,

We hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. As the Farmingdale Board of Education, we are committed to fostering transparency, openness, and community engagement in all matters related to our schools. We are delighted to share some exciting developments for the upcoming 2023/24 school year that will provide you with enhanced access to the inner workings of our Board.

In our ongoing effort to create a more inclusive and informed educational community, we are pleased to announce the addition of a series of public meetings in the form of work sessions. These work sessions will serve as an opportunity for our community members to witness firsthand the detailed discussions, deliberations, and decision-making processes that shape our educational policies and initiatives.

During these work sessions, you will have the chance to witness the Board explore various topics of interest. While public participation sessions will not be a part of the agenda for these work sessions, you will gain firsthand insight into how our Board functions and the considerations that go into our decision-making.

Starting in the 2023/24 school year, all our meetings, including both regular meetings and work sessions, will be recorded and made available to the public. Regular meetings of the Board of Education and Work Sessions will not be live-streamed beginning in the month of October. These meetings will be recorded and made available to the public in the days that follow. We understand that not everyone can attend every meeting in person, and this initiative aims to ensure that our entire community has access to the information and discussions taking place within the Board of Education.

Below, you will find a list of the scheduled work sessions for the 2023/24 school year, along with the topics to be discussed. The list of topics that are outlined below is subject to change. All meetings will be held at 6 p.m. (with the exception of the March 13 meeting, which will be held at 8 p.m.). All work sessions will take place in the Howitt Middle School East Cafeteria.

  • October 25- Tax Levy/ Safety Update
  • November 15- Armed Guards/ Human Resource Newsletter/ Curriculum and Instruction Website Updates
  • January 31- Alternative School/ Data Presentation (iReady) February 29- Budget Workshop (Revenue)
  • March 13- Budget Workshop (Appropriations) April 17- Annual Professional Performance Review/ New Teacher Academy
  • May 23- Math Curriculum Review Committee
  • June 25- Shared Decision Making Wrap-Up and Year-End Review

We encourage you to mark your calendars for these dates and take advantage of this opportunity to witness the Board’s decision-making process, either in person or through the recorded sessions, as we serve our fellow Dalers by focusing on the future of education in Farmingdale.

Thanks for your continued support. We look forward to working collaboratively with you in the upcoming school year.

Yours In Service,

Ralph Morales Ralph Morales BOE President

Suzanne D’Amico Suzanne D’Amico BOE Vice President

Anthony Giordano Anthony Giordano BOE Trustee

Michael Goldberg Michael Goldberg BOE Trustee

Sheree Jones Sheree Jones BOE Trustee

Kathy Lively Kathy Lively BOE Trustee

Dawn Luisi Dawn Luisi BOE Trustee

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