BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Bernards Township school board members approved another personnel move Monday night, June 18 with an eye to improving security at Ridge High School this fall.

The Board of Education abolished the position of “parking lot attendant,” effective July 1, with the intent of redefining the job, said Superintendent Nick Markarian.

The superintendent said the job would be expanded to include monitoring duties for the entire school campus, he said. The job could be lengthened to five hours a day, he said, and the person would likely move around on foot as well as vehicle to keep students closer to the school building, Markarian said after the meeting.

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Earlier this month the board voted to revise the job description of the school security officer position and signaled it will try to hire retired, part-time weapons-carrying special law enforcement officers (SLEOs) for the redefined post.

The board also voted to create a new district-wide administrative position charged with coordinating both safety and security duties. State regulations require the district to have such an administrative position, Markarian said.

Markarian said the school was also considering increasing law enforcement coverage, perhaps with SLEOs, at sporting and other public events.

Markarian said the school would continue using school resource officers – township police force employees who are armed  – at both Ridge High and William Annin Middle schools.

Ridge High should also see a new entrance procedure for visitors installed before the fall. A second set of main entry doors will be added with a buzzer and intercom system to gain permission to enter the building.