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District Recognized for Ongoing Safety Excellence


(April 27, 2017) The Utica National Insurance Company has recognized Ichabod Crane CSD’s safety efforts for another year with its Safety Excellence Award. Utica National presented the District with a “Platinum with Honors” level award during the 37th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga on March 21.

Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels- titanium, 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.”

Superintendent 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.