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Safety Efforts Earn Ichabod Crane Safety Excellence Award


Safety Award

Questar III Health & Safety Specialist Patrick Paratore, Superintendent George Zini,
Business Manager Michael Brennan and Director of Facilities and Operations Steven Marotta

(June 8, 2016) The Utica National Insurance Company has recognized Ichabod Crane CSD’s safety efforts for another year with its Safety Excellence Award. Utica National recently presented the District with a “Platinum with Honors” level award during the 36th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga.

Ichaod Crane CSD earned the Gold with Honor level in 2015 and the Gold level in 2014. Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels – titanium (the highest level), 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 using specific, quantifiable surveys. Categories include bullying prevention programs, playground safety, transportation protocols, and fire safety. School districts that receive recognition through this program have demonstrated and documented how various safety issues are being addressed or would be addressed should an emergency arise.

Utica National insures more than 300 school districts in upstate New York for property and liability insurance.

“This recognition belongs to all of our employees who work hard every day to ensure the safety of our students, staff and buildings,” said Superintendent of Schools George Zini. “We are pleased that Utica National has recognized our efforts once again.”

Mr. Zini also recognizes Ichabod Crane Director of Facilities and Operations Steven Marotta, Questar III
Health & Safety Specialist Patrick Paratore and Business Manager Michael Brennan for their work to ensure Ichabod Crane met the requirements to be considered for this year’s program.