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Marlboro Approves Hire of 12 Special Officers for School Security

The Township Council approved the hiring of special officers to supplement the 90-day cops in schools program.

The Marlboro Town Council approved a resolution last week to hire 12 more special officers in order to supplement the cops in schools trial program.

The temporary program, which is at an estimated cost of $105,000 for 90 days, puts one officer in each Marlboro Township school for the duration of a school day. The move was a response to the tragic shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

According to Police Chief Bruce Hall, the 12 come from surrounding towns such as Freehold and Howell, as well as some retired Marlboro officers.

"These retired officers are highly trained and possess the necessary skill sets to perform the task assigned as a Class II Special Officer in our K-8 schools," Hall said in an email to Patch.

During the security trial period, the school district and Marlboro Police Department will assess the current state of school security in the township and recommend a long term plan to the Board of Education.

If the board decides to keep officers in schools, a budget referendum may be up to the voters to decide on.

Last year, the Board of Education moved its election period to November, removing the public budget vote as allowed in state law. The public now only votes on the school budget if the budget exceeds the state mandated annual two percent increase cap.

cynicinmarlboro January 30, 2013 at 01:11 AM
milton: "It's all for the children." Where have I heard that before? Oh, yes, the NJEA. What has that gotten us except bloated educational costs for guaranteed raises, even in poor economic times when many have not had raises, are unemployed or underemployed? Our children should not be made to look like they are criminals being sent to a federal penitentiary. It's school, for goodness sake. Now there is a poll asking if voting should be removed from school buildings. If that is the case, may as well ban everything where outsiders would be in the building. No more extra-curricular activities or evening performances. Even budget presentations would have to move. Would that be good for the children? I don't think so. And is it ok for the town to pay for more than what the BOE has already done as a pilot program without seeing how the program turns out (as we were all told at the beginning)? This is a matter of economics, not politics. For the record, I am a registered Democrat.
anonymous January 30, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Oh Miltie Dear, I will beat anyone's drum to keep taxes from raising. This issue is going to be very devisive in this town. Again: No more taxes in this town!! Let the Board do that, and one by one they will fall as they come up for re-election. Aren't the first two Dean and Lilonsky????
Jman February 01, 2013 at 03:16 AM
The story does not include the cost of the twelve new Special Police Officers. Hiring, backround checks, weapons, ammunition, uniforms, vehicles, fuel, training, insurance, etc. Easily thirty or forty thousand dollars in the first year alone. Maybe more. I'm not saying this is necessarily a bad idea but it comes with a high price tag.
Kaitlyn Anness February 02, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Jman, the cost is still within the $105,000 originally reported for the 90-day program. These officers are not hired for a full year, just the duration of the program. They are also fully trained already, as they are or were police officers.
Suze February 08, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Everyone working in the school system should take a pay cut to pay for this.

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