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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.

anonymous January 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Hold on to your wallets folks, the team of Lilonsky and Dean (who are up for re-election in November) are the one's to hold accountable in the event of a tax hike. They both voted "yes" for the 90 day trial period, resulting in the shift of funds that could have been used for student programs. After 90 days, as the article states, it's a referendum, whereby voters will be voting to possibly raise their own high taxes. No new taxes! No Dean and Lilonsky! No problem!
ed January 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM
this is a problem easily solved start teaching the maintenance peoples to handle weapons... they are there every day and who better then them ...since they know the school inside out. give them an increase in pay which is certainly a lot cheaper than $105k for 90 days .....or better yet surcharge parents with children in school.
Kaitlyn Anness January 29, 2013 at 01:03 PM
anonymous-- To clarify, the decision would go up to referendum if the board decides to continue with the program or decides on security upgrades that are not currently in the budget. The end of 90 days does not automatically mean a referendum.
anonymous January 29, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Sorry Kaitlyn, Your right, the word "IF" being the key word. And "IF" they do, I firmly believe their will be a revolt by overtaxed and overstressed taxpayers to remove those responsible for imposing yet another and unnecessary tax hike in the most taxed state in the nation.
Kaitlyn Anness January 29, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Just wanted to make it clear for everyone! It seems silly, but the whole budget process can be confusing and adding referendums just adds to the confusion. Thank you for your comments!
cynicinmarlboro January 29, 2013 at 02:09 PM
So let's continue the knee-jerk reaction. First, it will cost us "about $105,000" out of the general fund we contribute to from the educational tax. Now we will continue to spend in our local taxes, this time on double-dipping officers (this is what they are) which are, more than likely, not required. Apparently, it seems the assumption is already made that everyone in Marlboro is made of money. Hate to say how much my taxes have gone up in the years I have lived here and I have a relatively small home. I can just imagine what I would be paying in a McMansion! Remember what that lady used to say on TV? Stop the insanity! Let's take a step back and look at this a little more reasonably.
unknownauthor January 29, 2013 at 06:34 PM
The kids safety is upmost for safety and all of you complaining about Taxes and hikes if there was a tragedy at the schools, not necessarily an Adam Lanza but something else horrifying your homes wouldn't be able to sell to any young families...think about that. I don't live there but I think it's great. Be proactive instead of reactive in these dangerous times the kids need to be safe.
Ana mc mullin January 29, 2013 at 07:21 PM
I live in morganville. I have four children who do not attend public school. Why should I or others who do not have kids in public school have to pay for this IF they go through with it? If the public school parents want it, let them pay.
milton McC January 29, 2013 at 07:42 PM
What this is coming down to us a politically bases argument between he republicans, led by Chris and Victoria Dean and the rest of the tow. Mr Dean is the head of what's left of the Republican organization and Mrs Dean is on the board of Ed and is now flip flopping because Trenton disagrees with her decision. This isn't about the safety of children, it's about political control of Marlboro . Don't be surprised if you see the name Dean again during the election for town council.
milton McC January 29, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Please forgive the spelling on my phone.
cynicinmarlboro January 29, 2013 at 08:40 PM
What this is coming down to is economic feasibility. It's time to take a step back and re-evaluate what this is costing us. Apparently the "approximately $105,000" currently being spent by the BOE now isn't enough - even if that is what our mayor originally wanted - and further spending is being authorized without the benefit of seeing how the current expense/system will work out. This is uncalled for.
milton McC January 29, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Chris and Victoria Dean, Marshall, Knight, Zatz and the balance of what is left of the Republicans, including you, will be attempting to seize upon anything they think may win them public support. This so called campaign against the Mayor didn't work last time and will not work now. From what I have seen and heard, the majority of thoughtful people support the actions taken so far. Our children are far more I potent than the relatively small cost to provide a deterrent that could possibly avert a tragedy.
milton McC January 29, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Important than the relatively small cost Damn phone
anonymous January 29, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Sorry Milty, the vast majority are against this plan. This is the worst recession in American history. People are unemployed and underemployed. This is a record of amount of homes in foreclosure in this town. Read my lips: NO MORE TAXES!!! When is this security madness going to end? Do we have them in movie theaters? On buses? Malls? recreation fields? Puhleeze...stop it already with the tear-jerk story, "it's for the kids." I hear that enough when these school budgets get increased to give administrators increases in their salaries. Remember, the next superintendent will be entitled to "Merit Pay" for doing his job. But you know that already.
milton McC January 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM
and whose choice was it for you to send your kids to private school? Your's of course. I don't drive on Rt 22, why should my tax dollars go to pay for it? Yours is a silly argument.
milton McC January 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM
And by what means have you determined that the MAJORITY are against providing safety and security for our school children. Did you run a scientific poll? Reread what I said. "From what I have seen and heard". Please do not insult us by intimating something that at best isn't true and at worst is that you are beating the Dean political drum.
milton McC January 30, 2013 at 12:09 AM
All I know is that you are against anything progressive that does not fit with the Governors position and are agianst anything offered by the township administration. Why do you hate them so much? The last election must have just been too much for you to handle.
milton McC January 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Taxes will always go up no matter where you live. Costs go up for everything. Unless you live in the back woods perhaps. You knew that.
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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