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Wall District Puts New School Security Measures In Place Monday

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.

Hired were:

· 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

Rick Ricky December 07, 2013 at 06:49 PM
How is this going to help? They are not armed. So if someone comes with a machine gun. He will shoot his way through hitting the guard first and then proceed to who he was going after to begin with. Parents have been complaining that they feel this is a waste of money and only taking away money from programs for their kids. Also so many are complaining these officers are starting right off the bat making more money than support staff who works directly with the children. Even more than the teachers. This is terrible.
Fred Grygiel December 08, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Maybe with some experience it will be determined that the "urgency" of putting in Lobby Guards was driven more by the tragic events in CT and other schools. Hopefully the BOE will be open to reviewing the ongoing need for these Guards since there is no issue of tenure for these positions. And the perceived "threat" here was not from "outsiders" but from a disturbed elementary school child. A few years ago the BOE reevaluated their commitments to the Rosetta Stone language program and ended that program in Wall. A similar open attitude seems warranted before making the Lobby Guards a "permanent" feature of Wall schools.
John Wayne December 08, 2013 at 12:20 PM
I can't believe how the Wall district treats their support staff in comparison to other districts. The support staff is a big part of the students (your child's education and we'll being) A lot of them care above all in the district. Most truly care and save the students in many different ways. This is a slap in the face that these retired police is coming in the door making and starting at more money. The support staff that are with the district for 15 years is still not making $17 per hour. Way to go Wall.
Rem December 09, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Do not be so sure they are not or at least some may be armed. Don't believe everything you read. Now lets see Storts access his office again.
Rick Ricky December 09, 2013 at 05:26 PM
@Rem, I don't know where John Wayne is reading this information from. I know they will not be armed. This is a waste of money. As far as Storts, he is a piece of garbage and the only place he should access is the dump. His behavior doesn't warrant him to be in an administration position where he has a say about other children's lives. He should be worrying and concentrating on his own children's lives.
Rem December 09, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Not really sure but i bet he is divorced and i am sure his own kids are wise to his behavior. Can you imagine some of the comments like , whats wrong with daddy why is he so mean. Garbage may not be and appropriate word i was thinking more like human trash.
Parent December 20, 2013 at 06:54 AM
For those who had direct dealings with him, Storts, Rick is pretty accurate in his comments. For those who dealt directly with babel and Brower, I would put them in the same category. No I am not divorced and my kids are very well behaved.
Parent December 20, 2013 at 06:55 AM
Sorry it is Habel not babel,
Parent December 20, 2013 at 06:56 AM
There is a strong bitterness that is going to last a very long time regarding the past in this district.
Rem December 20, 2013 at 07:44 AM
Wonder why.
Rick Ricky December 21, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Hmmmm, Wonder Why? The bitterness is because not everyone is treated the same. Public Schools has become a monopoly of only helping who they want out in both students and employees. Two different rules apply depending on who knows who. Doesn't always mean they are the best or the brightest. It is all about power and control more than anything. Advancing some and keeping others away would sum it up. The schools are made up who knows who and the people they like not how good they are. Again, doesn't necessary mean they are the right person for the job or the student they are advancing. So many that are better is getting over looked. That includes the students. They could make anyone look exactly the way they want. They have to much control on the students lives. It is really messed up. Some teachers believe they are good because the principal support them as a favor that they support them. The kids come out of H.S. thinking and believe they are ready for college and aren't thanks to the lies that is pushed through out the years.
Rick Ricky December 21, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Correcting my error and explaining my post above. I was trying to say that some teachers believe they are good at their job. The principal supports them and thinks they are wonderful in exchange for support for him or herself when they screw up and is needed is what it all equates to. This is why the schools are screwed up, On what is internally going on inside them. I think parents would be really surprised on what truly goes on. This is also what happens when the students act more like adults while the adults act like children.

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