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Lehman Campus continues to lose safety agents

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The number of safety agents working at Lehman Campus continues to drop.

The first thing you see when you enter Lehman Campus are the safety agents waiting by scanning as students and visitors line up to enter the school. But what many people may not know is that these safety agents do much more than scan: Known informally as the Task Force, the safety agents also stop fights, provide escorts and work to address threats from outside and inside the school. And they do so on a campus that takes up two blocks, has five floors, about 3,000 students and six schools.

But due to budget cuts and other factors, they are being asked to perform their jobs with fewer workers: Four years ago, 19 safety officers and one sergeant performed these tasks. Today, 10 agents and one sergeant do so.

The number of agents assigned to the campus has dropped and will most likely continue to do so, said Stephanie DeCicco, a teacher on the school’s safety committee.

One reason is that Lehman is not considered a priority school when the city distributes safety agents, explained Jason Maass, who oversees campus safety.  This means the campus will not receive any new agents and may have to give up agents if priority schools need more support.

These changes don’t worry Bronx River’s principal. “Not only do we have an adult constantly supervising the hallways and students, we constantly have enough staff to cover where the safety agents can’t,’’ Greg Fucheck said. “Bronx River is not a school that faces constant conflict or issues. We’ll be more than OK.”

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Cesar Jimenez, News Editor
Cesar Jimenez, an 11th grader at Bronx River High School, attended the National Journalism Conference in Boston this fall. He is a member of the Peer Leadership Team and oversees a tutoring club.  He hopes to become Valedictorian.

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