Weston Board Considers Hiring School Resource Officer

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Mike Marotto, left, assistant principal of Weston High School, presents a plan to hire a school resource officer to the Board of Education.
Mike Marotto, left, assistant principal of Weston High School, presents a plan to hire a school resource officer to the Board of Education. Photo Credit: Ken Liebeskind

WESTON, Conn. – The Newtown school shooting is prompting many school districts to consider new security measures, but the assistant principal of Weston High School didn’t mention Newtown when he presented the idea of hiring a school resource officer to the Board of Education.

Mike Marotto offered a brief outline of the police officer position at Tuesday night’s meeting, explaining that the position “maintains high visibility within the school community and serves as a positive role model for students.”

How the officer would protect students from potential danger wasn’t addressed, although Marotto said the SRO would be armed and be a member of the police department.

The Weston school district would work with the police department to outline the role and responsibilities if the board decides to hire a school resource officer, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said.

The board's Policy Committee is studying the position for Weston High School. Marotto said he has consulted with Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Ridgefield, which currently have school resource officers.

The committee will provide more details to the board as it gets closer to making a decision.

But board members asked whether it would be able to fund the position if it were approved. “If we miss the budget cycle, we can find another way of funding the SRO for the first year,” board Chairman Philip Schaefer said.

“We should establish a timeline,” Vice Chairman Ellen Uzenoff replied.

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Armed officers at schools? I believe that idea was first suggested by that evil NRA a few weeks ago, and anti-gun people immediately ridiculed that idea.

Geez. If they had only hired a "School Resource Officer" (salary?) at Sandy Hook, things might have turned out differently.