The following is a message from Dr. William Crankshaw, Superintendent of Schools:
The safety of our students and staff is our paramount concern at Cooperstown Central School District. I write to inform you of a situation that we are currently addressing with local law enforcement.
A non-specific threat of possible physical harm, directed against Cooperstown Central School District Administration at the Jr./Sr. High School, was received late Wednesday, May 10. The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office was notified and the alleged threat is under investigation. We have a strong emergency management plan to deal with these types of issues. Whenever we receive information of a threatening nature, we will treat that information seriously and respond with an appropriate level of action to ensure the highest level of safety and security for students and staff.
I have asked for a law enforcement presence today and tomorrow, Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, to increase our levels of supervision and surveillance around the campus during regular operations of the school day.
Additionally, as the district maintains a strict entrance policy for students, staff and visitors during the school day, tighter entry protocols have been made to all buildings on the campus.
These steps are precautionary, and we do not believe there is any immediate threat to students or staff.
All inquiries regarding the threat should be directed to the District Office of the Superintendent.