UPDATE: Superintendent Wants Added Security In Wake Of Conn. Shootings
Toms River Schools chief is seeking to improve security at the district's 18 schools.
After a massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday, Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent Frank Roselli said he is looking to bolster security at the district's 18 schools and would like a set of recommendations within two months.
"One of the things done during the weekend was to put the schools on high alert," Roselli said at Tuesday night's Toms River Regional Board of Education meeting.
Authorities said Adam Lanza, age 20, shot his mother at their family home in Newtown, Conn. before killing 20 children and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, reigniting a national debate about gun control. Lanza then killed himself, authorities said.
Toms River schools has had a "Super Safe School's Committee" after the shootings in 1999 at Columbine High School in Colorado. Roselli said he is looking for a subcommittee within that group to develop short and long term goals to improve security.
Security officers patrol the grounds at schools and lockdowns are practiced monthly at the schools, Roselli said.
"Some of the recommendations may be procedural and some of the things we could end up recommending may cost money," Roselli said, noting that these matters should be raised before drawing up next year's school budget.
Roselli cited some of the security challenges associated this week with parents and family members attending school assemblies associated with the holidays.
Roselli said some of the meetings of this subcommittee, which could include law enforcement officials, will be public while others may be held privately before the recommendations are presented to the school board.
Some members of the community, who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, were critical of security at the schools, suggesting that some schools are lax about allowing people entry into the schools. Roselli's comments were made earlier than the public portion of the meeting.