Dear Parents and Guardians,
Each and every day you send your children to our District schools with the full expectation that they receive a thorough and complete education in facilities that are safe, secure and run efficiently. The Board of Education takes the core values of safety and security extremely seriously and has prioritized its budget for the 2018-2019 school year to fully fund important safety and security initiatives.
The items of armed security services, security vestibules, additional personnel to inform security and following the Uniform Memorandum of Agreement between Law Enforcement and School Officials remains at the forefront of our work in this area and are described below.
Armed Security Services: Last evening the Delran Township Board of Education awarded a competitive contract to K.D. National Force Security & Investigations, LLC. to provide armed security services to all District schools. I would like to point out the depth and breadth of the commitment and resolve of the Board of Education regarding their universal belief in providing services and assurances for the safety of all students and staff members. The award of an armed security contract only reinforces that. I thank all members of the Board of Education regarding their important work in this area of providing for our children.
The District will be hosting an Open House in the DHS Cafeteria on August 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:45pm whereupon you will hear more about the armed security services role and personally meet the School Security Specialists assigned to each school through K.D. National Force Security & Investigations.
Security Vestibules: Millbridge and Delran Intermediate School have defined security vestibules. In its 2018-2019 budget, the Board allocated funding for the construction of security vestibules at Delran High School and Delran Middle School. In the coming months the development of formalized plans will be articulated for these two projects. Additionally, The Board is currently engaged in a competitive grant process for a portion of the costs for the Delran High School project to be funded by the Burlington County Freeholders.
District Security Manager and District Security Specialist: The Board has also prioritized the appointment of District personnel in its 2018-2019 budget in the area of safety and security. First, the Board has continued to fund a District Security Manager, staffed by a former law enforcement officer as well as a District Security Specialist who, by law, is a practicing school administrator. Mr. Howard Davenport and DHS Assistant Principal Mr. Brian Stolarick will continue in these roles and will work collaboratively with K.D. National Force Security & Investigations as well as the Delran Township Police Department in all areas of security.
Uniform Memorandum of Agreement between Law Enforcement and School Officials: Annually, all school administrators are trained in the annual agreement between law enforcement and school officials regarding language changes and new trends. This document and agreement solidifies our sterling working relationship with the Delran Township Police Department and memorializes how the District conducts its coordination with local law enforcement in order to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff members in the District.
Above all, on behalf of the Board of Education, I thank you for entrusting the District with your children and reinforce that should areas of interest regarding safety and security arise please feel free to reach out to the District at your convenience.
Brian Brotschul, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools