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october 19, 2009

New York State Law permits law enforcement authorities to share certain information with school districts relating to paroled sex offenders who take up residence in the school district. When the district receives notification from law enforcement agencies indicating a sex offender is living in our district, this information is shared with staff members so they may be aware and alert. We’ll also send notices to parents regarding high-risk (Level 3) offenders.

There are also several ways that you, as a resident, can learn if there is an offender living in our community. The New York State Department of Criminal Justice maintains a Web site that lists high-risk (Level 3) offenders. In most cases, the information includes names, aliases, addresses, photos and details of the convictions. The site can be reached by clicking here. Scroll down the page until you reach the question, "How do I search for a sex offender?" Click on the link within that text and you'll be redirected to a page where you can conduct a search by entering a county name, a zip code or a person's name.

In addition, the state offers the sex offender registry by phone at (900) 288-3838.

"The safety of our students is paramount," said Superintendent Dr. Ryan Sherman. "We encourage community members to review all the available information on offenders living in the district, including letters sent home and the state's sex offender Web site. If residents do not have access to a computer or phone and would like to access this information, they’re welcome to call my office and schedule a time to use our equipment," said Superintendent Dr. Ryan Sherman. "We believe that educating parents about how to stay properly informed is the right way to go." 

The dissemination of information about convicted sex offenders was part of the Sex Offender Registration Act, more commonly known as Megan’s Law. The law requires sex offenders convicted of certain specified crimes to register with the state and that communities be alerted to their presence whenever possible.

Convicted sex offenders are classified using a three-tier system – Level 1 (low risk for re-offending), Level 2 (moderate risk) or Level 3 (highest risk). The risk level assignment determines how much notification is given to the public and/or law enforcement agencies.

For more information or to arrange to use a district computer or phone to conduct a search, please call the Superintendent’s Office at 695-3255, ext. 3242.