The Fayetteville-Manlius school safety task force met for the first time Tuesday night.  

It’s a 27-person panel, that includes teachers, parents, and first responders. The group has been charged with making safety recommendations to the district’s Board of Education by early spring of 2019.

The panel’s suggestions will be combined with advice from two security firms who completed audits of the district in September.

Those audits focused on four key areas — access to buildings and grounds, surveillance, communications, and emergency management plans.

“The two most important things that came out of our conversation were mental health, that’s certainly a concern of all school districts and this one in particular and I also think we really want to address the training component,” said Jaclyn Schildkraut, the panel facilitator.

The task force will meet seven more times before the deadline.

Neighbors wishing to learn more about the process or the security audits can attend the district’s school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on October 15th.

“I think some days we want the heart to rule the head and we want to be passionate and attack this vigor and gusto but we also want the head to rule the heart and make the best decision and leave no stone unturned and again make the best possible decision,” said Superintendent Dr. Craig Tice.