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All Marlboro Schools Will Have Armed Officers By January

Funding and further security decisions fall under the Board of Education.

The Marlboro Police Department and the Board of Education announced on Thursday that all township schools will have armed officers present throughout school days.

"The protocols for these policemen are being written during the winter break with key input provided by police and school district administrators," said Board President Michael Lilonsky.

Officers will also have access to a digital monitor which will project images of the interior and exterior of schools.

Mayor Jon Hornik said the funding and decisions regarding school security are up to the Board of Education, but the mayor's office and the township council will have suggestions.

"It's going to be expensive," Hornik said. "But I think it's definitely worth paying."

As of now, township schools have two school resource officers. One officer floats among elementary schools and one around the two middle schools. Volunteer PTO members are also stationed at front doors to check visitors in.

"We are not yet equipped for a situation like Newtown," Hornik said. 

Police Capt. Bart Lombardo said reports have come from Newtown, CT that the gunman shattered a large window to gain access to the schools. The police department the board are currently looking into shatterproof glass for the schools, and are considering hiring a third party vendor to conduct a district security assessment.

Marlboro Township schools at the K-8 level are currently equipped with a Visitor Management System. The system is able to scan identification and check school visitors against the sex offender registry and school-created parent lists. It can also print visitor badges with photos.

"The tragedy last Friday changed the way we look at school security forever," Hornik said. 

Thane Randolph December 21, 2012 at 06:40 PM
A good idea, but hopefully this doesn't turn into yet another financial burden for this already severely overtaxed town. The extremely highly paid police are already available to be present and patrol during school hours. It's bad enough we are all forced to pay exorbitant salaries, benefits, and pensions for such a horribly rated school system
TERRY DOMINO December 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I was an elementary schmo teacher fo 30 years and I am just so saddened it has come to this - it brings tears to my eyes :(
Scott December 22, 2012 at 09:30 PM
While it is a terrible shame that it has come to this I believe that schools and places like theaters are very easy targets because it is known that there is little chance of the threat of return fire. In other words, they are easy targets. I think this will become a trend no matter what the FEDS have to say. Gun control will not ever be the answer.
bayboat December 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Hyper sensitive knee jerk reaction. I hope other disctricts feel they have to jump on the band wagon.

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