Hillsborough Superintendent asks for vigilance as students return to school
At her annual back-to-school press conference Friday, Hillsborough Superintendent MaryEllen Elia called on students and staff to be vigilant in light of the past week’s arrest of a former Freedom High School student charged with threatening violence on campus.
“As a natural outcome to the scare," she said, "everyone is going to be heightened in their sensitivity about who’s on campus and what they’re doing there,” she said.
Elia also thanked the police, school security and Freedom’s principal for averting what could have been a tragedy.
“All of them help us as partners to keep our schools safe and secure,” she said. “We are all responsible for our environment and we need to keep an eye open for the things that might be problems.”
“We all believe that following the law is important,” Elia said. “We model that for our kids; we think that is an important thing.”
She said she is pleased to have avoided the teacher layoffs and furloughs that have hit other school districts, although there are no future guarantees given the nature of the economy.
On a lighter note, students can look forward to salad bars and smoothie huts in the cafeteria, and being dismissed one hour early for teacher planning every Monday, beginning Aug. 29.