Hiring one new security guard in October and work in progress to hire another follows a school board directive to add two security guards to the district to cover the town’s elementary school prompted by
By late October, the district had employed four security guards, two of whom were stationed at the high school and another at the connected Central Middle School and Memorial School complex on Canterbury Road. I was. The recently hired security guard will be placed at Shepard Hill Elementary School along with Moosup Elementary School for employment scheduled for December, according to the minutes of his Nov. 9 meeting with the school board.
“Student and staff safety is the school system’s most important responsibility,” said superintendent Paul Brenton. Events well beyond fires, such as managing unwanted visitors, weather-related emergencies, and campus evacuations. You can have fair resources.
Brenton said 15 candidates are interviewing candidates for the last open security slot that has submitted an application. But he said the job requires more than the ability to closely monitor security issues.
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“When we hire a security guard for an elementary school, we want someone who can connect with young children and feel that a 6-year-old can approach them for help,” he said. Ability to interact with children. ”
The hiring process followed a survey sent to students and parents in October asking for their opinion on the security staff topic. The survey asked respondents and their children’s level of comfort with having security staff in the elementary school, whether there were adequate staff to ensure a safe learning environment, and whether additional security was needed. It included a question asking
The survey, which included fewer than 200 respondents, said that 97% of the parent respondents were neutral, agreeable, or strongly agree with the idea of having security guards in elementary schools. About 66% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that additional security her staff was needed. More than 40% of respondents said they felt they had the right staff to support a safe learning environment.
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How will Plainfield pay for security guards at the new school?
The original plan called for the two new guards to work 1,000 hours each grade for $20 an hour. That money wasn’t budgeted for him in 2022-23, so his $16,000 cost to cover the salaries of new guards for the rest of the year was reallocated from his account as a college intern. rice field. A dedicated cost of funding for upcoming new guards – fixed at $40,000 – should be part of the district’s regular annual budget process.
Plainfield is the latest school district this year to reassess and revise its school security coverage following the May Uvalde, Texas elementary school massacre that killed 21 students and staff.
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Since that tragedy, Putnam School District has hired several new armed school guards, and the Killingley Board of Education has approved the hiring of five armed guards, one each to be placed in Killingley schools. It was planned.
Killingly Town Manager Mary Calorio said they are fine-tuning the final job descriptions for armed guard jobs.
“We plan to start recruiting later this month,” she said.
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