As you probably are aware, the Board of Education met on Thursday, December 27th to receive input from our community on security measures for the Trumbull Public Schools. Following approximately 45 minutes of Public Comments in which the Board received pertinent insights from the speakers, the Board convened an Executive Session to review our safety and security protocols. First Selectman Timothy Herbst, Police Chief Thomas Kiely, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi, and I joined the Board to review our current procedures and to consider new courses of action, including those suggested by our staff and parents.
Although for safety and security reasons I cannot share the specificity of what transpired, I can convey that our current procedures, which have been assessed as “solid,” remain in effect and have been enhanced. Specific school procedural modifications ultimately will be forwarded to you by Building Principals, while district changes will be disseminated by my office; however, please know that any refinement to our existing plan will be vetted by our District Security Team. Although there is not a specific panacea or “full-proof” solution, you should know that Trumbull Police Department Lieutenant Ronald Kirby and District Security Coordinator William Connolly, both experienced and extremely knowledgeable in security issues, will spearhead the ongoing monitoring and implementation of our enhanced security efforts.
As with any modification, adaptive measures that change behavior patterns are difficult in the beginning, with growing pains inevitable that will impact staff, parents and community. I ask for your patience and cooperation as changes are implemented. I know you realize that the safety of students and staff is paramount and supersedes convenience.
Thank you and may your New Year be safe and peaceful!