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All Marlboro Schools Will Have Armed Officers By January

Funding and further security decisions fall under the Board of Education.

The Marlboro Police Department and the Board of Education announced on Thursday that all township schools will have armed officers present throughout school days.

"The protocols for these policemen are being written during the winter break with key input provided by police and school district administrators," said Board President Michael Lilonsky.

Officers will also have access to a digital monitor which will project images of the interior and exterior of schools.

Mayor Jon Hornik said the funding and decisions regarding school security are up to the Board of Education, but the mayor's office and the township council will have suggestions.

"It's going to be expensive," Hornik said. "But I think it's definitely worth paying."

As of now, township schools have two school resource officers. One officer floats among elementary schools and one around the two middle schools. Volunteer PTO members are also stationed at front doors to check visitors in.

"We are not yet equipped for a situation like Newtown," Hornik said. 

Police Capt. Bart Lombardo said reports have come from Newtown, CT that the gunman shattered a large window to gain access to the schools. The police department the board are currently looking into shatterproof glass for the schools, and are considering hiring a third party vendor to conduct a district security assessment.

Marlboro Township schools at the K-8 level are currently equipped with a Visitor Management System. The system is able to scan identification and check school visitors against the sex offender registry and school-created parent lists. It can also print visitor badges with photos.

Marlboro High School already has a full-time school resource officer in place during school hours.

"The tragedy last Friday changed the way we look at school security forever," Hornik said. 

NJarhead January 03, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Actually, I disagree. These folks tend to be cowards and will stick with the easy target rather than one with a potential challenge. The Mall Shooter out in Washington shot himself after an armed citizen took aim at him. Just look at the preferred targets in the majority of these instances: All Gun Free zones and I'll bet the mall shooter didn't count on encountering an armed citizen. Regardless, gun control doesn't work and no one wants to explore any options regardling the insane individuals who are responsible for these atrocities. What I DO know, is there are millions of gun owners NOT responsible for this crap and there are millions of AR-15's NOT involved in them either. The gun (or the knife or the car or the bomb) cannot commit the crime all by its self.
Marlboro VoiceofReason January 03, 2013 at 03:23 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.
Steve R January 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM
NJJarhead..gun control is a seperate issue to me, the issue at hand is whether or not this is an effective measure, and moving the target from the school to the playgound or the mall or the soccer field cannot be deemed an effective use of our limited budget. IMHO we should focus on preventing killings not changing where they happen. Are the families of the killed in Aurora somehow relieved or find solice that it was a movie theater not a school? 10 of the last 12 school shootings in the US actually came from students of the school though no measures have been put in place to prevent students from bringing firearms into the school in Marlboro, would this not be statistically a better way to prevent a school shooting? There is also a huge difference in a known target, ie uniformed policeman standing at the front door, and being surprised by an armed civilian. But lets go with your premence that it changes where a target would be acquirred, it does not stop or prevent a shooting, just changes the locale. Is this really what one would consider effective? Shot at the library rather than the school? Dead is dead no? The fact that the Mayor is hiding from the public and not addressing this in a publicize open forum is also very troubling. This should be a community discussion and a community vote not the grandstanding of a few local politicians.
NJarhead January 03, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I think any response within a month of the latest tragedy is a knee-jerk reaction. But that's what the people want; with no thought of consequences, rights, truth, etc. etc. To be honest, I don't know what the answer is. But I know it's not gun control or even outlawing "assault rifles." What do you think the answer is?
Steve R January 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM
I dont have an answer and totally agree with you that this is a knee jerk reaction. I dont support this measure nor how it was put through. A responsible leader would have had open public discussions on what to do with the people of the community. And if the community decides this is how they want to spend their tax dollars so be it. This was not the case though The Mayor would rather spend his time doing TV interviews than address a serious issue with his constituents.

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