Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Security consultants address assessment process and preliminary recommendations.
Over the summer months the Hasbrouck Heights school district will start to bring in new security measures based on recommendations coming in from its team of consultants. Last week Bob Pitkowski and Jack Delorenzo of CDI security team gave the public a rundown of the study they are conducting of all school facilities and introduced them to a new visitors system that will be brought in this summer. One of the recommendations they made to the board is to upgrade the visitor check-in at all schools with a management system - software that will create an ID with photo of all visitors making it easier to track and monitor everyone inside the school building. DeLorenzo said the system can scan visitor's drivers license which will register who …
Monday, April 22, 2013
School officials say the process is ongoing.
Steps towards improving security at Hasbrouck Heights schools are still underway, according to school officials. Board of Education President Joseph Rinke told parents last Thursday night the consultant firm, CDI, hired to assess school security measures continues with their work and some additional improvements have been made. "They have been dilligently working, meeting with staff and administrators, overseeing drills and procedures," Rinke reported. One recent change involves closing off the street in front of Lincoln School for the entire day where it used to be only during part of the day, he said. The Board decided in February to hire an outside consultant to review security procedures and would make improvements based on those …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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School security continues to be widely discussed among law enforcement, school officials and parents as communities continue to come together to address what further initiatives can be done to make schools safer. Just last week the New Jersey School Boards Association brought together a panel of local police and school officials who adddressed a group of 200 hundreds concerned parents on what is being done in local districts. As many school districts like Hasbrouck Heights are undergoing security assessments in order to help districts determine which initiatives to take towards improving security, the debate over which are the best forms of protection continues. Many lobby for a police officer stationed at the schools, while others say a …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
New Jersey School Board Association forum offered the opportunity for parents to hear from local law enforcement and school officials on what is being done to make schools safe.
When it comes down to being ready for an emergency situation in schools, the key element is preparedness. For a little more than two hours Wednesday night local law enforcement and school officials tackled the pressing issue of school safety in front of an audience of 200 made up mostly of parents by a show of hands. The New Jersey School Board Association hosted this forum at Paramus High School to give parents an opportunity to hear from local officials about what measures local districts are taking on this issue which has come to the forefront since the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. Among the panelists were Paramus' Acting Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg and Superintendent Ken Rota who were joined by Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli, …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
District awaits input from security experts before moving ahead
Money has been allocated towards security improvements, school officials say, but no decisions on how those funds would be used will be made until the recommendations are in from the outside consulting firm which is currently reviewing the district's current plans. While presenting the 2013-2014 budget to the public last week, Mark Porto, Hasbrouck Heights schools superintendent told parents planning to improve secrurity is something that was in the works long before the Connecticut tragedy. About $70,000 has been put aside for upgrades but the district won't determine how the money will be used until the assessment is complete, said Porto. A group of parents who have come together over the past few months, Hasbrouck Heights Parents for …
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If the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education were to pursue the idea of stationing police officers, or school resource officers, at the district's public school buildings it would need the full support of the community, according to Superintendent Mark Porto. A group of parents say an officers in the schools would be the best form of protection for the children. See the most recent article on school security here. Patch asks all readers if they think having officers would be a good idea. Take our poll below or tell us what you think in the comments section.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Panel made up of local law enforcement officials includes Paramus Police Deputy Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg.
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Friday, March 15
The New Jersey School Boards Association will host a forum for parents on the topic of school safety and security which will be held at Paramus High School on March 27. The tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has led local education officials and law enforcement to reassess school security measures and parents also need to play a crucial role in the discussion, reports the NJSBA. "Safe and Secure Schools: A Parent's Forum" will feature a panel of educators and law enforcement professionals who will discuss approaches that districts are taking to improve school safety. There will also be time dedicated for a question-and-answer session. Panelists include: Deputy Chief Kenneth R. Ehrenberg of Paramus Bergen County …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Outside consulting firm hired to conduct the security policy review will give a presentation at the March 21 Board of Education meeting.
Hasbrouck Heights parents and school leaders can expect to learn more about what steps may be taken to make schools safer within the next month. A security assessment, which is being done by CDI, an outside consulting firm hired by the Board last month, is expected to be completed in April. According to Joe Rinke, Board president, a report of the assessment is expected in April. The process began immediately after hiring the firm in mid-February. The consultants are currently reviewing the school's security policies, meeting with school administrators and police department officials, reported Rinke. Rinke told parents at last week's Board of Education meeting, represidentatives from CDI are expected at the March 21 board meeting where they…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Members of the group Hasbrouck Heights Parents for Safe Schools came before the Mayor and council Tuesday night asking for their support in getting police officers into school buildings to protect the children.
A group of parents petitioning for police presence in Hasbrouck Heights public schools brought their plea to the governing body Tuesday night asking for their support. Denise Ejgird spoke on behalf of Hasbrouck Heights Parents for Safe Schools which formed shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, stating that police presence would provide a number of benefits including discouraging bullying and reducing school crimes. The number one thing being that it would be a huge advantage in an emegency situation with an active shooter, according to Ejgird. "As taxpayers and parents we owe it our children and they deserve this," Ejgird stated offering a number of statistics of school shootings over the past few years including seven …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Heights police now regularly visit the school buildings during the day but the need for a full-time presence is something many parents would rather see. Meanwhile there are others who would be opposed. Weigh-in and take the poll.
Police officers on guard at schools is a measure many school districts, including Hasbrouck Heights, are considering as a way to enhance security and help parents, staff members and students feel safer in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Currently Hasbrouck Heights police are required to stop into the school buildings to check in while on a patrol, a measure many other boroughs are starting to put in place as well. Although the want and need for a fulltime officer at school buildings is shared by parents, staff members and officials, the ability to do so is a challenge in most towns due to lack of police manpower. Nearby Lodi is considering something a little different - a plan to hire retired police officers to guard its borough schools…