MAYOR STEPHEN N. ZANNI HONORED WITH 2015 NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION AWARD

 
MAYOR STEPHEN N. ZANNI HONORED WITH 2015 NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION AWARD BY THE SCHOOL SAFETY ADVOCACY COUNCIL

 

     Mayor Stephen N. Zanni has been honored with a 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award by the School Safety Advocacy Council and Executive Director Curtis Lavarello. He is the only Mayor in the country ever to be recognized with the honor. The award was presented at the National Conference on Bullying in Orlando, FL on February 25, 2015.

      Mayor Zanni has lived in Methuen for over 30 years and has a thirty-six year background in teaching and school administration. He has always been strongly committed to strengthening the public school system in both the education and safety realms. Moreover, his overall plan has been a direct benefit to Methuen’s children and has helped foster a positive attitude and discourage bullying.

     “This honor from the School Safety Advocacy Council is humbling indeed,” says Mayor Zanni. “Bullying is one of the most serious problems plaguing our schools and young people today. It hits at the heart of self-esteem, performance in the classroom, and in social activities. I am extremely honored to be recognized by this important organization.”

     When he became Methuen’s Mayor, the $100 million dollar project to remodel Methuen High School was over budget and at a standstill. Zanni managed to get the project on track and on schedule to be finished on time and within budget, including a significant CPTED upgrade.

     Zanni has been committed to the safety and security of all Methuen schools and has constantly advocated for increased methods and tactics. He authorized and supported a public private partnership between the school department, the police determent and a private contractor to increase safety. The result of three years of testing and research and development a state of the art automatic shot detection system has been installed in one of Methuen’s schools.

     In addition, Mayor Zanni has taken on leadership roles working directly with the youth of Methuen, fostering positive learning and sports environments as a volunteer coach for youth and high school athletics, and as a member of the Methuen Youth Commission.

     Mayor Zanni is also the driving force behind artificial turf being installed in our football stadium and the design of safe, and modern field house and clubhouse facilities for male and female student-athletes. Each element of the plans he sets in place are carefully crafted to focus on positive interactions with our youth and on building self-esteem while reducing violence and bullying.


     He was recognized by the School Safety Advocacy Council for being a positive role model to our children, and for providing innovative approaches to education and safety.