NUTLEY, NJ - At the December Board of Education meeting, two new security personnel were approved; Mr. Eric Anderson at NHS and Mr. Armando Najar at JHWMS. Both hold the title of School Safety Resource Officer (SSRO).
Since joining the Nutley Public Schools, both men have become an integral part of the school community. They are getting to know the students, staff, administrators and counselors, have taken part in security drills such as lockdowns and shelter-in-place, and have familiarized themselves with school procedures.
In addition, they have begun conversations with the IT department to discuss safety and security needs and upgrades. They have toured the schools and met with students during study halls and/or physical education classes. Mr. Anderson and Mr. Najar assist daily with student entry in the morning as well as afternoon dismissal, and lunch at NHS. They perform perimeter, hallway and bathroom checks regularly.
Both officers have been trained in accordance with SORA, the Security Officer Registration Act. They will have continuing staff development from the New Jersey Center for School Safety, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association Foundation for Educational Administration, the Traumatic Loss Coalition of Essex County, as well as maintaining certifications in CPR, Handle with Care, a behavior management system teaching preventative actions that result in a decreased need for physical restraint, student safety and security related to mental health and wellness, and the on-going training and re-certifications required by the position and job description.
Mr. Anderson spent 26 years with the Nutley Police Department, beginning as a detective and rising up the ranks to Lieutenant during his tenure. His experience includes working in the Juvenile Bureau with NHS administration and the Substance Abuse Counselor. He also spent six years as a security consultant at Hoffmann La Roche and three years at the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, before joining the district this winter.
Mr. Najar spent 18 years with the Union City Police Department, rising to the role of Sergeant. In this role he had the responsibility for overseeing the School Resource Officers. He has also worked as a security officer in the East Brunswick Public Schools and the Garden State Dispensary, prior to joining the Nutley Public Schools.
“We are confident that Mr. Anderson and Mr. Najar joining the district will add value,” said Dr. Julie Glazer, Superintendent of the Nutley Public Schools. “Both officers bring the qualities and knowledge of school safety, mental health, and wellness required. Their extensive background in security adds yet another layer of safety for our staff and students.”
The district’s Memorandum of Agreement with the Nutley Police Department is being updated to include the SSRO role.