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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.

Sal January 02, 2013 at 11:35 PM
The Newtown, CT shooter FORCED his way into the school and shot everyone in under two minutes. Anyone with a gun under his coat can walk up to any police officer and shot him in the head before the officer can react and enter any school. In crowed school hallways___any crazy teenaged HS student can walk up behind any police officer and quickly pull his gun out of his holster. Putting guns in schools like this can add to the risks.
Scott Griffith January 02, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Sal you are an idiot. People buying guns and ammo should not pay for more bloated police salaries. At least you realize the police cannot do anything anyway. Most police drop two or three shots into the floor or their feet when they finally get a chance to skin thier smokewagon anyway. Even dunkin donuts is not safe with all the police that are there getting fatter by the second.
Sal January 03, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Scott, Of course people buying and selling guns and ammunition should pay very, very, very high taxes because of all the related costs of police investigations and arrests, court and prison costs related to gun use. Just as smokers now pay ten times more in taxes than what a pack of cigarettes used to cost because smoking adds to health care costs__just as guns adds to crime and court and jail costs. In most states a 30 cents pack of cigarettes now has $5.00 of state and federal taxes on it. More than 2,000 people every year shoot themselves or friends or loved ones using guns and all of that adds greatly to healthcare costs, police costs, court costs, jail costs, workers compensation and social security disability costs.AS they say "If you want to play, you have to PAY.
ResidentM January 03, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Is the police officer(s) patting down every student? You think that a student couldn't do the work of the Newtown nutcase? Why not just buy every kid a bullet proof vest! The Super makes everyone think that Marlboro has crazy's running around the town. I thought that hospital closed!
Steve R January 03, 2013 at 01:22 PM
There is also no mention of what is getting cut from the budget to pay for this. I am sure it wasn't a spare 100000 just laying around. I also believe that the taxpayers approve a line item budget each year, I must have missed the vote on the changing of this allocation. I also don't believe the number since I am pretty sure Marlboro Police get more than $23.11 per hour ( 100,000/9 schools/12 weeks/40hours). Once again the politicians are lying to their constituents without public hearings
cynicinmarlboro January 03, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Totally agree with you. $100,000 will not cover the cost and taking this from the general fund that the taxpayers voted for and fund in the first place without telling us what effect this will have on other programs is just wrong. Our mayor may love being in the limelight again seeing his aspirations for greater things than being our mayor, but having this thrown on the taxpayers, who will already be seeing increased taxes due to the fiscal cliff legislation and Sandy expenses, is just wrong. Knee-jerk reactions usually are.
Marlboro VoiceofReason January 03, 2013 at 03:22 PM
With all comments like these, Marlboro schools will just become a target for some psycho. Some lunatic will just try to hit the schools now to make a point. Too much publicizing of this, let it go already.
Michael Nikolis January 03, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Those of you who are horrified and disgusted at the idea of stationing a police officer in every school should be obliged to tell us how long they would like the kids to wait for the police to arrive in the event that they are needed... Is it 5 minutes? 10 minutes? Just curious..
Edward Siebert January 04, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Easy I do not live in your municipality but would like to add my two cents . First children will not fear police officers in their schools if they were reared not to fear officers but to understand that they are there to be helpful. I know as a child I was told if I ever had a problem I should seek out an officer and get help. Second if having an armed officer is not a deterrent why have them at all. Most criminals and crazy people are not stupid they will seek out the softest target. Example one home has a security system the other has none, witch all they attempt to enter? Go figure ! Another thing you should ponder if armed security is not effective why have the secret service with many people that are targeted all the time by enemies for whatever the reason. You say "o" but there have been assassinations , yes but you have know idea how many have been avoided by having security. It's the same with police work , many crimes are not committed by just police in the area. Cost should be a consideration and there is a very expensive way to provide this security. Retired officers that have permits to carry firearms , they could be stationed in each school wearing a blazer not a uniform. The city I worked in pays approx $33,000.00 per yr. less than a janitor. No benefits needed. Yes I'm a retired cop , and have grandchildren in schools , I would like them to be secure. U can't protect very thing but are children should be first.
Edward Siebert January 04, 2013 at 02:41 AM
U should pay more for knives , there are more people stabbed then shot. The officers could wear same as DB Personal , weapons would be out of sight. U should be advised that there are police officers in many schools and they have taught in class rooms , they have stopped bullying , stopped fights and enforced restraining orders by stopping unauthorized persons from attempting to remove a child from the school. It's true anyone can go crazy but doctors have a higher divorce rate , and dentist have a higher suicide rate. U are so informed , you should teach at the police academy on arresting someone on PCP or some other mind numbing drug.
lisa January 04, 2013 at 03:49 AM
The schools need to secure the entrance points . It is very sad but this type of tragedy can occur at the park,the mall , anywhere, etc.
Edward Siebert January 04, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Easy Most schools are secured , and allow entrance at only one point after school is in session. The entrance still has to be monitored , and who bettered then an person that has a law enforcement background . He will not have to be in uniform , a blazer with a breast pocket patch that can be tucked into the pocket and pulled out when needed. He can be armed and no one would see the weapon , Lisa what makes you so nervous about an officer with a gun I'm sure you have been near police officers and never gave it a second thought.
marlboro resident January 04, 2013 at 06:26 PM
as a parent with children in two different marlboro schools i am disgusted and disheartened by this decision. if our leaders are so concerned perhaps they should spend the money on additional counselors for the schools. that boy, the Columbine boys maybe could have been given the help that they need. I agree the police will not be able to stop a deranged person who is intent on doing this. They will go to the football games, wrestling matches, soccer games, concerts where will it end? Has our Mayor stopped his children from going to the movies and the mall since there are no officers there. And FYI police are not there all day, i guess kids in before and after care are not deserving to be protected? Their own actions show police are not necessary.
anonymous January 05, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Secure the entrance points? What about side doors and windows? what about rear entrances, etc? Oh, lets not forget securing the football field, the baseball field, the soccer field, the parking lot, etc. It simply cannot be done, and at what price tag. You have people unemployed, underemployed and seniors living on fixed incomes living paycheck to paycheck!
tom thornton January 05, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Are you willing to pay the cost? Don't be surprised that many who now cry for security that does not include armed police suddenly say " it costs that much? No way "
tom thornton January 05, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Are you willing to spend the money to fortify all our schools? Are you willing to spend the money to add additional personnel as counselor a in the schools? Are you willing to pay to send children to outside facilities after also taking on the legal costs to remove them from the schools? Are you willing to publicly disagree with the parents who claim " not MY child"? Are you willing to sacrifice the safety of a single child? The answer is a simple yes or no.
lisa January 05, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I agree that we cannot secure everything but there needs to be accountability for who is in the school,why are they here and when did they leave. I have seen people who hold the doors open for others and there is always some who feel they do not need to sign in .
anonymous January 05, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I would love to make all of our children safe! I would love to fortify the schools, make them look like prisons to ensure their safety along with the safety of the school employees. I would love to see our children safe on the recreational fields, the football fields, the baseball fields, etc. I would love to see the children who drive to high school safe from impaired drivers and drivers that are inattentive due to texting. The Bottom line is it can't be done!!! We can't have a police officer next to us at all times. It's cost prohibitive, and it's not a society I want, nor my children to live in. For those Board members that are for this "hidden tax" and are looking to promote the mayor's future ambitions----SHAME ON YOU!!! Did this district just have $100,000.00 lying around to pay these police officers??? I think not!! It must be taking away from another program.
tom thornton January 05, 2013 at 08:04 PM
So your answer to providing for our children's safety is a resounding NO. I guess all nine board members must have been there supporting the mayor because they all voted for it. It is you and other republican operatives who have politicized something outside the realm Of partisan politic.
tom thornton January 05, 2013 at 08:09 PM
If you feel strongly about this, why not attend the next school board meeting and let them know how you feel but you will have to give your name."anonymous" isn't sufficient.
anonymous January 05, 2013 at 09:29 PM
I am for children's safety. This plan gets a resounding NO. Why? because it's a "knee-jerk" reaction. It's not a true safety plan but a notion and perception of security. So where did this $100,000.00 come from? What item was it taken from to provide this "image" of security?
tom thornton January 06, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Go ask them
tom thornton January 06, 2013 at 09:17 PM
You won't get an answer here. They have a meeting on Tues.
tom thornton January 06, 2013 at 09:18 PM
be sure to tell them who you are.
anonymous January 06, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Ok...I'll tell them "Tom Thornton of Marlboro,"
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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