SAFETY EFFORTS EARN Newfield Central School District UTICA NATIONAL'S SCHOOL SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD
March 14, 2017 - Binghamton, New York - Newfield Central School District is one of l36 school districts and Board of
Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive the Utica National Insurance Group's "School
Safety Excellence A ward" for 2017 at the Titanium with honors level.
The honor is presented annually and recognizes school districts' safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and
visitors safe. Newfield Central School District received its award at Utica National's 3ih annual school safety seminar at the
Binghamton Double Tree, Binghamton, NY, one of seven such seminars the company hosts in the state. For over 40 years
Utica National has kept kids and school staff safe and currently insures more than 300 school districts in upstate New York
Newfield Central School District officials accepted a certificate to commemorate the district's safety efforts and a $500
award for use in furthering those efforts from Utica National representatives.
Utica National's School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels -titanium, platinum, and gold - in which
schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety. Through the program,
schools with their own transportation, schools with contract transportation, and BOCES are evaluated. Categories covered
include bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific, quantifiable
"Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts," explained Brian Saville, Resident Senior Vice
President in Utica National's Educational Institutions Unit. "Districts that go 'above and beyond' to provide a safe, healthy
and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we're pleased to count Newfield Central School District among
Mr. Saville noted that, beyond the recognition itself, an added benefit of following the safety program is the chance to
pinpoint specific threats to safety. "The time to address those threats is before a loss happens, which really helps contribute
to the safety culture that districts are working toward."