Despite nearly four weeks and the winter break after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., school officials are still fielding school security questions and concerns from the community.
And it looks like the discussions won't be going away anytime soon.
At Monday's Warren Township Board of Education meeting, board members gave tacit approval to a plan to elevate school security as a board priority by making it one of the primary functions of the board's Operations and Finance Committee.
"I was thinking we might want to add 'security' to that to show it's more of a priority," board member Tia Allocco suggested.
Jim Sena, who has been chairman of the committee embraced the suggestion also, noting the committee is already studying the possibility of hiring consultants to perform a professional security review of the schools. He said the committee will complete a review of the services available and prepare a recommendation to the full board at a later date.
In the meantime, schools' security will be scrutinized by administrators and Warren Township Police. Superintendent Tami Crader reported on meetings she's had to discuss security with Chief of Police Russell Leffert, including another scheduled for Friday.
"We are not sitting idly by and doing nothing," she said.