ALBANY - According to a New York State School Boards Association study, school resource officers like Columbia High School's Peter Partak are the single most effective security measure in a school.
"It helps that I'm here in uniform and I have a marked car out front every day," explains Partak, whose salary is paid by both the East Greenbush Police Department and the East Greenbush School District.
Since Newtown, nearly 78 percent of New York's school districts, including Columbia High School, improved their emergency response plans. 57 percent added buzz in entrance systems, which Columbia plans to do. 56 percent added security cameras, which are already in place at Columbia. And just more than five percent added bullet proof glass doors, which will be installed at Columbia this summer.