Wednesday, March 6, 2013
State, county officials meet with area school superintendents to discuss procedures, plans.
State education and county law enforcement officials are hoping to create streamlined emergency response plans for schools, in the wake of the shooting death at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. At Monday's Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Frances Stromsland reported on a March 1 meeting of local school officials with members of the New Jersey Department of Education's Office of School Preparedness and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Dr. Stromsland said the officials want to compile information on schools' emergency plans in order to create uniform responses to potential threats. "It was discussed, and agreed upon, that there needs to be more uniformity in response measures that …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Weeks after Newtown incident, local officials are still dealing with aftermath.
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 …
Letter to the editor
Wednesday, January 9
I am a retired special education high school teacher. I have been following all the articles on security in the schools. All the attention on this is great but why are we not looking at the classroom door? Every class has the wood door with a window in it. A gunman could punch it out and easily open the lock. Why not start where the children are and change each door to steel and every window with bullet proof glass. Then raise money with fundraisers in each town to make all school windows bullet proof. Just that would protect every child (30 kids huddled in a corner) from being shot. I think the cafeteria, library and gym are huge targets. Those three rooms need metal detectors, all glass bullet proof, someone with an alert horn at the …