Legal Report: Hiring \ Employment Issues
08/13/2007 - Louis Cioffi worked as a part-time social studies teacher and athletic director for the Averill Park Central School District from 1981 to 1999. In June 1999, the school district promoted Cioffi to full-time athletic director. In his new position, Cioffi supervised Kevin Earl, the district's football coach. Over the three years Cioffi supervised Earl, he consistently complained about Earl's teaching methods. In early 2001, a parent complained about disturbing events that occurred in the boys football locker room, including the hazing and sexual assault of younger players by older students. The school district took steps to address the situation, including changing the policy of supervision in the locker room. However, the school failed to relate the hazing incidents to the other parents of the students who had been assaulted. The court noted that sexual assaults in a high school and the possible cover-up by school administrators are certainly within the scope of public interest. Further, while the school board planned to eliminate Cioffi's position before his press conference, the official decision was not made until after the press conference, making the retaliation claim valid. (Cioffi v. Averill Park Central School District, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, No. 04-5593-cv, 2006)
Legal Report: Investigations
08/10/2007 - A bill (H.B. 23) introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives would require background checks on current and future public school teachers as well as subcontractors who work at public school facilities in any capacity.
SM Online: School Security
08/10/2007 - New anti-bullying statutes in Alaska, South Carolina, and Illinois. New emergency management plans in Virginia and Ohio.
SM Online: School Security
08/10/2007 - Bullhead City is one of the cases discussed in a Department of Justice guide to innovative approaches to school security undertaken by schools and communities.
Schools: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
08/09/2007 - It's early to draw specific lessons from Virginia Tech but it is helpful to look at policies and procedures in place at other institutions and to examine how technology is facilitating emergency communications.
News & Trends: School Security
08/09/2007 - Bullhead City hasn't had a major crime problem, but it had witnessed a high volume of assaults in its junior high school.
Legal Report: Fire Safety
08/06/2007 - A bill (H.R. 592), introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), would require colleges and universities that receive federal funds to provide an annual fire-safety report to all current students and employees, and to any applicant upon request. The report would contain specific information about the fire-safety practices and standards of that institution.
Case Study: Access Control
06/30/2007 - The University of Pittsburgh integrates new access control hardware and sofware into existing electronic systems.
Daily Wrap-Up : School Security
06/28/2007 - Eastern Michigan University says it will increase it's security on campus after it was revealed the school tried to cover up the rape and murder of a female student last year, reports Michigan's Ann Arbor News.