BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Security moves are moving apace at Bernards Township schools, Superintendent Nick Markarian said after the Board of Education meeting on Monday night, Sept, 17.
The board hired Sean Kiernan as high school campus monitor at $21 per hour for five hours per day, filling the redefined position of parking lot attendant. Kiernan, who will be unarmed, will move around on foot as well as vehicle to keep students closer to the school building, Markarian said in June.
Special police officers – probably retired – have yet to come on board at the high and middle schools, Markarian said. The township police chief is responsible for hiring and he is collecting resumes, the superintendent said. Several people may be hired to fill one job equivalent, for which the school will pay.
School resource officers, who are members of the Bernards Police Department assigned to Ridge High and William Annin Middle schools, are continuing.
In August, recently retired township police officer Hank Werner was appointed to the new job of director of school and campus safety. Werner, who worked 28 years as a patrolman, will oversee school security, fill a compliance role mandated by state law, work to improve staff training and preparedness, and become the principal liaison with local police, said Markarian in August.
Werner, who will be paid an annual salary of $70,000, worked in the district over his years as a school resource officer at the middle school and a DARE officer.
New and more security camera installations have been completed at the middle and high schools, he said. In August, the board amended an agreement with the local force to allow police the ability to “live stream” the picture in emergencies to see what the cameras are showing.
A new double-door door entrance security system at Ridge High is working well, Markarian said. Visitors need to be buzzed into a foyer, sign in at a new reception window and be cleared with a second buzzer before entering the building.