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State Comptroller: Violent incidents at Albany region high schools above average

ALBANY — Capital District schools experienced 1,726 violent or disruptive incidents during the 2017-2018 school year, according to data compiled by the state comptroller’s office.

The report showed that the eight-county region, which includes schools in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties, had one of the highest frequencies of assaults and an above average rate of incidents involving weapons possession. About a third of the 278 schools in the region reported no violent or disruptive incidents.

A copy of the report is available online at Capitol Confidential.

The comptroller’s office also looked at spending on building security capital expenditures over a five-year period and found that the Capital District spent about $2.61 per pupil, which was the third lowest rate in the state.

Based on the data collected, the comptroller’s office maintains that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to solutions promoting school safety.

“Schools spent more than $27 million over the last five years to add safety features such as security cameras, alarms and deadbolts, although recent controversial security measures taken by school officials show that school …read more

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