Cops in Schools Costs Marlboro School District $100,000 for 90 Days

The decision to put armed guards in schools is coming out of the Board of Education general fund.

The Marlboro Board of Education told Patch on Wednesday that the decision to temporarily place officers in every school will cost the district an estimated $100,000 for 90 days.

Sharon Witchel, Director of Special Projects, Grants, and School/Community Relations said the money will come out of the district's general fund.

"During the 90-day period, the district will review current safety and security practices and determine future improvements, which will include fiscal considerations," Witchel said.

The decision to have armed guards in every school came to fruition in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults on Dec. 14.

While the township has digital security measures in place, including a Visitor Management System which scans drivers licenses of any school visitors and checks names against local, state and national databases; the Board of Education is now teaming up with the Marlboro Police Department to add bodies with guns to school front doors.

New security protocols were ironed out over the holiday break, and implemented as of Jan. 2. 

Board President Michael Lilonsky said in a statement issued on Dec. 20, "The District’s administrative team met with the Police Chief Bruce Hall over a two-day period to effect a cost-effective plan to place armed, uniformed, Marlboro policemen in our schools effective from the beginning of each school day to the end of that day, or seven hours, beginning Jan. 2, 2013."

Last year, the board and public approved a . Superintendent Dr. David Abbott said 85 cents on of every dollar is generated through tax revenue, which makes up 80.2 percent of the budget. Almost 15 percent of the budget is comprised of state aid.

During and after 90 days, the township will conduct a security assessment and come back with suggestions of how to improve school security in the district. It will then be decided if having officers in every school will continue.

tom thornton January 06, 2013 at 10:32 PM
You are just a nay sayer who hides behind an "anonymous" screen name. As such, what you and your Dean republican friends say I'd of no matter. Try using your real identity and then people might take you seriously.
Steve R January 07, 2013 at 09:00 PM
The same amount of time it would take them to react to a shooting at an after school activity or church or temple or mall or movie theater or soccer field or football game or the private school or playground or the bus stop or the day care center
Steve R January 07, 2013 at 09:01 PM
The next Marlboro Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Asher Holmes Elementary School cafeteria, 48 Menzel Lane, Morganville. Members of the public are welcome to attend. This topic is on the agenda
Marlboro Mann March 16, 2013 at 05:00 AM
First we had police snipers on the roof of the town hall during the 9/11 memorial service and now we are having armed guards in the schools. If I didn't know better, you would think that our town is being run by Clint "Dirty Harry Callahan" Eastwood. What's next "make my day"?
Jim Sage March 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Marlboro Mann, Now the Board of Education has created a new position of Security Supervisor. I like to call it the new security "czar." The funny and strange thing is the superintendent and BOE refuse to divulge what salary the person landing this job will receive. My thoughts is that the person is "pre-selected" for this position. I say that because the superintendent felt the person receiving such a position did not need more than an associates degree---hmmmm, I think before he departs at the end of the school year, he has someone in mind. This whole hysteria arising from the event in Newtown CT, is making life here in Marlboro more difficult and very expensive for the taxpayers-- and lucrative for the one that ends up with the security supervisor's position. All I can say in these tough times are: No new taxes;no extension of armed police officers in our schools; no appointment of a Security Supervisor with an undisclosed salary and benefits. It's time to be transparent.


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