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Hen Hud Board Restricts Property Use During School Day

The Hendrick Hudson Board of Education voted Wednesday evening to bar "unauthorized visitors" from using school grounds during school hours.
The Hendrick Hudson Board of Education voted Wednesday evening to bar "unauthorized visitors" from using school grounds during school hours. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

MONTROSE, N.Y. - Dog walkers, joggers and others are barred from using Hendrick Hudson School District's property during school hours, as of Wednesday evening.

A resolution passed by the board of education identifies the measure as a security decision; the proposal was made in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre.

"Unfortunately, what it means that if you used to walk your dog somewhere on school property you need to find a different place," said Interim Superintendent Brian Monahan. He said the same would be true of anyone using the track during school hours.

According to the resolution passed by the board, "all district property is closed to unauthorized visitors during school hours."

The resolution continues that "at times during which there is no threat to the safety and security of students and staff the district will continue to welcome members of the community on to its property."

The resolution does not identify specific times that are appropriate for community members to use the property, or would not present a "threat to the safety and security of students and staff."

Asked whether after-school hours were an appropriate time for community members to use district property, Monahan referred The Daily Voice reporter to the resolution.

"What the district wrestled with is we want the properties to be secure, but we recognize that the schools belong to the entire community as well. So we want to be welcoming at the same time that we're safe," Monahan said.