Ron LeeSep 15, 2017, 10:17 amSep 15, 2017, 2:23 pm

2 school districts push back against Cuomo plan to send troopers to LI high schools

Officials in Longwood and Huntington are upset that they were not consulted about the decision in advance


The controversial plan to send state troopers into 10 Long Island high schools is not sitting well with at least two superintendents, whose districts would be affected.

When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that armed troopers would be sent to 10 high schools on the Island, the superintendents for the Longwood School District and the Huntington School District became upset that their high school had been selected.

Officials in some other districts welcomed the move, which was described in letters to parents and residents as a way to disseminate information about gangs and other high-risk behaviors.

Officials in Longwood and Huntington, however, expressed disappointment that they were not consulted about the decision in advance as they tried to reassure parents that their schools were safe and not a hotbed for gang activity.

In a letter posted on the district's Facebook page, Huntington Superintendent Jim Polansky and Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack said: "To put it bluntly, we are deeply disappointed in the manner in which this initiative has been presented overall. We were shocked to learn in this manner that Huntington High School was on the list of 10."

Longwood Superintendent Michael Lonergan, meanwhile, wrote on his district's website that "our schools do not have gangs roaming the hallways or threatening our school community,"

It is not clear at this time if the objections of those two school districts will be enough to prevent state troopers from being sent to those schools.

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