Lobby guards will be placed at the entrance to each Wall Township school beginning Monday, part of the district’s attempt to beef up security in the school system.
The new lobby guards, hired at the Board of Education’s November meeting, are retired police officers, according to a letter sent home to district parents Friday.
All visitors will be required to present a form of personal identification before admission to district schools. Hall Pass machines will scan the driver’s licenses of all visitors, the letter, signed by Interim Schools Superintendent Stephanie Belinker, says.
Belinker in the letter also says a fence will be installed around the trailers outside of Central School.
Belinker in the letter says the state has replied about the status of numerous security-related grant applications the district had submitted. The Board of Education, she said in the letter, is going through those responses.
The school board in November hired seven people -- one for each district school -- to be lobby monitors, part of the district’s new security measures taken in part in reaction to an incident earlier this year involving a former students’ threat. Only their names and their approved pay was given in the report. No other information was available.
Each was hired at $17 an hour for 35 hours a week.
· Glen Murphy, Allenwood School
· Michael Dugan, Central School
· John Brady, Old Mill School
· Vincent O’Rourke, West Belmar School
· Fredrick Megill, Primary School
· Michael Cassidy, Intermediate School
· Charles Smentkowski, High School