Verona BOE Debates School Security Plan
Watch the Verona Board of Education debate on the issue of a new school security director.
The Verona Board of Education discussed creating a new position to concentrate exclusively on school safety versus hiring an outside safety auditor, during its public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Verona Superintendent Steven Forte and board of education member Glenn Elliott took opposing viewpoints, with both men amicably discussing the pros and cons of each action while other members of the board weighed in.
The audit would cost the district about $20,000 while the new part-time security position would be an annual cost of somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000, said Forte.
Watch the discussion for yourself. Key times in the video are:
20:25 Board Member Glenn Elliott introduces topic of school security.
21:20 Elliott states his concerns with a possible new school secuity position.
23:40 Superintendent Steven Forte talks about the new positions and his reasons for supporting it.
25:40 Board member Dawn BuBois enters the discusision.
27:10 Forte announces tha another district is involved in sharing the services of the secuity director.
27:35 Board member Joseph Bellino weighs in on the discussion.
28:40 Board President John Quattrocchi makes suggestions.
36:20 Board Vice President Michael Unis enters the discussion.
1:03:00 Forte re-opens secuity discussion.
1:22:40 Verona resident Anthony Gardner addresses the board on school secuity director issue.