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Editor:

A group of high school students and I recently met with the Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools BOE candidates, Shaun Wiggins, Ed Cubanski and Dean Kolligian, at a meet-and-greet. We were impressed that the candidates spent over an hour of their time listening to our concerns and discussing their plans to address them if elected. Our main concern was safety. We all agreed that safety and security are the foundation that allows for a better learning environment. As students, we need to know that we are protected at all times and don’t need to wait precious minutes for law enforcement to arrive in case of an active shooter situation. We are well aware that the Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings were over within a matter of minutes! Additionally, we discussed the disrepair in our building, namely the restroom facilities. They are in horrible condition and could really use some updating. Lastly, we voiced our concern about the ongoing vaping problem that continuously occurs in our restrooms. The district just can’t seem to find a solution, and it is a huge problem! This, too should be considered a school safety problem and deserves a solid plan to fix it.

I’d like to thank Mr. Wiggins, Mr. Cubanski and Mr. Kolligian for taking their time to speak with high school students in the district and to offer common sense solutions to these issues that are important to us. We were very impressed with what they had to say, and look forward to volunteering for their campaigns.

Meg Messitt, Sophomore, Saratoga Springs High School, Wilton

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