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An Important Message from Dr. Lonergan

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THE LONGWOOD SCHOOL COMMUNITY:

On Monday, September 11, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael R. Lonergan received a call from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office inviting him to a meeting on Wednesday, September 13 at noon. During that conversation, there was no location or topic provided.

On Wednesday, September 13, Dr. Lonergan was informed that Governor Cuomo had an important announcement and that the meeting would be held at Central Islip School District. Again, no topic was provided.

He attended the meeting with several colleagues, and at 1:10 pm the governor announced that a task force had been formed comprised of state and local police to combat gang activity. Several communities on Long Island were chosen, one of which was Longwood. Dr. Lonergan had NO prior knowledge of the formation of the task force or the details on how the district was chosen.

At 7:00 pm he reached out to the governor’s office for more information and received the following response: 
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“Dr. Lonergan,
The schools were selected based on intelligence reports from multiple law enforcement agencies on the ground. These schools are not the target but our students are, and we look forward to working with all of the Suffolk superintendents on stopping this senseless violence.
This is a community prevention effort to engage teachers, students and administrators to stop the spread of gang violence before it starts.”
Dan Fuller, Assistant Secretary of Education
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo
(518) 486-6969
Daniel.Fuller@exec.ny.gov.
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News 12 and Newsday have shared inaccurate information about yesterday’s announcement. The governor NEVER mentioned that these ten schools are the center of gang activity; rather he strongly believes that the school districts are valuable resources to disseminate information about gangs and other high-risk behaviors to children, parents, staff, and administration.

During the meeting, there was never any discussion that Longwood or any of the other schools have active gang activity. Our schools do not have gangs roaming the hallways or threatening our school community.

We are well aware that there are families who are vulnerable to the recruitment of gangs and other high-risk behaviors that exist in our society today, and we continue to build on the many existing programs to support our students in making healthy decisions.

The Board of Education, Superintendent, and Central Administration invite our parents and community to contact us at any time to visit our school buildings and walk through our halls to witness the incredible things happening in our District.

As always, the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.

For questions or to obtain additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Lonergan at (631) 345-2172 or email at Michael.Lonergan@Longwoodcsd.org.

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