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Glen Rock BOE Considering Security Cameras After Graduation Chairs Toppled

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GLEN ROCK, NJ – Following an incident involving at least 300 chairs allegedly “thrown” around the football field at Glen Rock High School after the June 21 commencement ceremony, the Board of Education is working to garner proposals for the possibility of installing security cameras on the upper and all-purpose fields to prevent such an incident from recurring.

At a board meeting on July 10, Interim Superintendent Bruce Watson said he’s working with the police department while Board Secretary Michael Rinderknecht is getting proposals for the cameras. Watson added that Congressman Josh Gottheimer prompted the board to apply for a grant, though no details on the specifications were discussed.

“Hopefully, if we get anything from the grant, we’ll put it towards security,” Watson said Tuesday night.

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Watson said the board will know if they qualify for the grant in addition to the cost of the cameras at month’s end. Vendors, he said, will talk to the board at a future meeting about a potential long-term plan.

Rinderknecht said the security cameras are not a “top priority” and that while the board is “right where we should be” at $635,000 on the appropriation side of their current year’s budget, he anticipates challenges in the 2019-2020 school year. He proposed, for one, reallocating money and being “very methodical” in how they choose to proceed in paying for them. 

Trustee Elizabeth Carr noted that “it’s not just a security [issue], it’s a safety issue.”

Three days following the June 21 commencement ceremony, Carr said she received a call from Building and Grounds Supervisor Sandy Marinos that the 300-500 chairs that were assembled on the turf field for the graduation ceremony were “toppled over” afterward prompting the women to clean up the field that Sunday morning. Pick-up service had been scheduled for later that day, but the women took it upon themselves to pick up the field given the “appalling” mess left behind after a charming ceremony that past Thursday.

Carr broached the issue at the last board meeting in addition to mentioning that she has witnessed out-of-towners unlawfully playing on their field.     

Most trustees agreed security cameras on the field are needed.

“People are stealing our services,” said Board Member Sheldon Hirschberg. “I think we can’t not afford not to do this. So I would encourage us to do something.”

The next scheduled board meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 28. 

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