Port Byron parents speak to district board members about transparency

PORT BYRON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - On Thursday night parents in the Port Byron School District had their first opportunity to speak with school board members since multiple threats surfaced, starting last month. 

Those parents hoped for an emergency school board meeting immediately after the first threat- and arrest- were made in February. They say they were denied but never given a reason. 

In response, parents attended Thursday's meeting. A few of them got the time to speak and let the board in on their frustrations.

Those parents are worried that the district doesn't have effective communication and safety policies to help kids feel safe and let parents know when something is going wrong. 

"I'm hoping for just some transparency. I want to know that, God forbid there was actually a credible threat, in my opinion these would have been perfect examples, these last incidents of how they could test the policies and procedures, that they can be transparent with us, let us know what's going on, and if there are mistakes made- we don't expect them to be perfect the first time but they can grow and learn from these experiences," said Rick Jorolemon, parent of a Port Byron sophomore. 

Before parents spoke at the meeting, the Port Byron School Board gave a full presentation on their safety policies both district wide which is public information, and in the school building which is confidential information. 

Board members and the superintendent said they are equipped with the protocols, technology, and training to keep students safe if they ever face a compromising situation. 

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