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Superintendent: Tolland School Security Part of an 'Ongoing Discussion'

Superintendent William Guzman said that dedicating a resident trooper to the school district is one of many options being considered.

Superintendent William Guzman said that his Tuesday meeting with school administrators was just the beginning of an "ongoing discussion" on Tolland school district security over the next several weeks.

Guzman said that he and the school principals reviewed the district's current policies and will bring several security ideas that would require additional funding to Town Manager Steven Werbner before moving forward.

One of the many ideas he will discuss with Werbner will include the placement of a resident trooper at Tolland schools.

Guzman added that he may ask the school board to call a special meeting to vote on upgrades to the district's surveillance system, which came before the board at its last meeting.

q December 19, 2012 at 03:34 PM
There actually should be plenty of funds available immediately to provide any and all additional security measures that could help keep our precious children and dedicated teachers and staff as safe as possible. The reported $51,918 in surplus funds in the Building Operations account should be used for security enhancements instead of creating the new administrative position, Director of Educational Technology(see 11/29/12 article) at this time. Put off the energy audit (12/13/12 Patch) for now and use those funds . There’s also the $300,000 already bonded by the town for lights at the proposed turfed athletic field. Use whatever is needed from that for safety now and light the fields next year. New technology, unspecified energy savings, a lighted athletic field and many other items can be delayed. Keeping our schools as safe as possible cannot!
Helen Reynolds December 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Tolland had a resident trooper until a few years ago. He was a wonderful influence at the high school. I hope the board will seriously consider this option.

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