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New York Mills school district receives school safety award

Posted 4/1/22

NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Union Free School District has received the Utica National Insurance Group’s School Safety Excellence Award for 2022 at the Titanium with Honors level. This …

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New York Mills school district receives school safety award

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NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Union Free School District has received the Utica National Insurance Group’s School Safety Excellence Award for 2022 at the Titanium with Honors level. This honor is presented annually and recognizes school district safety efforts.

New York Mills Union Free School District officials accepted a certificate to commemorate the district’s safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts from Utica National representatives.

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. Categories covered include bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific, quantifiable surveys.

The New York Mills Union Free School District received its award at Utica National’s 40th School Safety Seminar, one of seven such seminars the company hosts in the state.

For more than 45 years, the announcement said, Utica National has kept kids and school staff safe and insures more than 300 school districts in upstate New York alone.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” said Brian Saville, senior vice president in Utica National’s Educational Institutions Unit.

“Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count the New York Mills Union Free School District among them,” Saville added.

Saville noted that, beyond the recognition itself, an added benefit of following the safety program is the chance to pinpoint specific threats to safety.

“The time to address those threats is before a loss happens, which really helps contribute to the safety culture that districts are working toward,” the senior vice president said.

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