2013-09-26 / Front Page

Neighboring Schools Eye Cold Spring Police Activity

by Annie Chesnut

The manhunt centered in Cold Spring continues to draw community attention. Neighboring school districts are especially alert since this morning’s closure of the Haldane campus.

While a law enforcement command post had been set up in the Haldane parking lot, Superintendent Mark Villanti told the PCN&R at 10:55 a.m. that the command center had been moved to the Cold Spring Fire House, but there was no visible activity at that location as of 11:40 a.m.

Meanwhile, in Garrison, just 4 miles south of Haldane on Route 9D, school was in session. Superintendent Gloria Colucci told the PCN&R that she had been carefully monitoring police reports since 5 a.m.

The Sheriff’s office advised that since the search was being conducted north of Cold Spring, it was OK for Garrison to open.

The school is in “lock-in” mode, Colucci added—keeping children inside for the remainder of the day—and carefully monitoring all visitor activity through the locked main entrance.

Putnam Valley Schools are operating on a regular schedule, however the district was preparing to issue an electronic advisory update to all parents, the PCN&R has learned.

The advisory will note that the district will continue to carefully monitor the situation regarding the police activity in Cold Spring.

There will be no outdoor activities for the remainder of the school day. While this does not constitute an official “lockdown,” which would be used in the event of an immediate emergency, the district office added that each of the district’s three buildings is already locked, with only one means of entry that is monitored at all times.

Check pcnr.com for more updates throughout the day.

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