Security a top priority in Whitney Point schools

By Matt Porter

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM EDT

Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, Whitney Point is looking to put its parents and community at ease when it comes to security.

The district held a special forum on school security Wednesday to inform parents on policies and procedures involving student safety.

Parent Carol Mau appreciated the school's outreach.

"The meeting was a great idea," Mau said. "I think it was needed. And it was one of the things that I called about after the Sandy Hook incident. I called our superintendent who was very gracious and answered all my questions."

More than a dozen parents came to listen to Superintendent Patrica Follette, each of the district principals and several other administrators present their side of security.

The forum included topics of security upgrades and emergency procedures adopted by the district.

Follette said the meeting was to assure parents all schools are secure.

"To let them know that we are very proactive and we are working to make sure that there kids are safe whether they're in our schools, our playgrounds or our buses," Follette said.

New York State troopers and school outreach officer Peter Grunder agreed the district is among the most proactive in the region.

Whitney Point Mayor David Downs moderated the event, asking each of the panelists previously submitted questions.