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Board Set to Review School Security Officer's Job Responsibilities at June 4 Meeting

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Ridge High School PAC, 268 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge Credits: By Walter Pardo
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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ School board members are due to consider revising the duties of a school security officer position when the Bernards Township Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4, in the Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. The agenda for the meeting is posted online.

Superintendent Nick Markarian said by email that he has recommended  the district have the flexibility to redefine the security role of the position​. 

In the last couple of years, the school security officer's job has been to monitor the entrance at Ridge High School. Markarian said he has recommended changing the security position -- and not eliminate it -- with enhancements that will mean rewriting the job description. 

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To change the job, the board needs to eliminate it “so that we can redefine it as something else (and hopefully something the Board and public will view as even better!),” he said.

The discussion will come two weeks after a commissioned report by a security analysis firm that called the district “well positioned” to handle potential violent threats to its campuses, but didn’t recommend more armed police officers in buildings “at this time.”

Kathy Devlin, retired since 2007 after 27 years with the N.J. State Police and now owner of the Dev-Tac LLC security analysis company, said the district suggested changes to enhance existing protective practices and precautions.

Retiring staff members to be recognized

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board will greet retiring staff members and wish them well.

Also scheduled to be saluted are achieving students who are on the Ridge High forensics team and those who participated in Latin, math and science competitions.

Various teaching and classroom aide hires are scheduled for approval.

Board forum on increased class time in health and PE, and possible weighting of classes at Ridge High School

Two topics are up for informal discussion by the board. They are increasing class time in health and physical education, and weighting of courses at Ridge High School.

A closed-to-the-public executive session is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the public meeting

 

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