It is hard to believe that a week has passed since the Newtown tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the students, staff and community of our neighboring town.
Our week went surprisingly well, given the circumstances. Our staff did a superb job in addressing student concerns, not only in the regular classroom setting, but also with the Crisis Team sessions where approximately 60 students sought assistance.
On Tuesday, my administrative staff and I met to re-examine our security protocols and to review input expressed by students, staff and parents. It was a very productive meeting, and we will follow-up on many of the items discussed. Similarly, I have received numerous emails and notes from parents with recommendations for enhanced security. I appreciated that input which will be reviewed and considered.
Also, I will be meeting this weekend with a highly regarded security specialist who has assisted Trumbull Public Schools in the past, and whose input helped shape our current Security Plan.
You also should know the Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, December 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the Long Hill Administration Building. In the first hour, the Board will hear Public Comments, followed by an Executive Session that will focus solely on the district’s security measures.
The district has conveyed to both Newtown and Monroe that we are most willing to help and support them whenever needed. Finally, I will keep you updated on this critical issue of school safety, particularly with regard to any district security modifications.