Franklin Regional Superintendent Working To Standardize School Security Across Pennsylvania

Apr 8, 2019

Franklin Regional School District's Gennaro Piraino says he's using his platform as Pennsylvania's 2019 Superintendent of The Year to elevate discussion about school security in Pennsylvania. Tuesday marks five years since a sophomore student used knives to injure 20 other students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School. 

Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino Jr. has served as the superintendent of Franklin Regional School District since the 2013-14 school year. The stabbing attacks occurred April 9 of that academic year.
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Piraino, who was appointed to a school safety and security committee commissioned last year by Governor Tom Wolf, says it's critical schools receive an established framework for conducting basic safety and security checks, measuring preparedness and applying for grants that could help offset the cost of relevant help and technology. 

Piraino joins 90.5 WESA’s Maria Scapellato for The Confluence to talk about how to balance those goals while keeping students focused less on inherent dangers and more on their education.

Later in the program:

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UPDATED: 11:02 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019. 90.5 WESA's Meg Fair, Mick Stinelli and Julia Zenkevich contributed to this program.

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