In March, voters turned down a proposal to hire a school resource officer. The SRO would have been a certified law enforcement officer hired through a contract with the Windham County Sheriff’s Department. Although the SRO would have provided the security of an armed law enforcement presence on the campus, the officer’s duties would have included education, mentoring, and counseling, according to Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark.
Twin Valley Elementary School Principal Rebecca Fillion said law enforcement and other officials would soon be training to respond to an incident at TVES. “The team will involve EMTs, game wardens, state, county, and local police,” she said.
TVSB Chair Seth Boyd said he has been in contact with Wilmington Police Chief Joe Szarejko to discuss security issues. “We’ll probably do the same thing when we open here, so everyone will be familiar with the layout.” he said. “And with the technology (camera system) we’ll have, we may be ahead of other schools.”Board member Adam Grinold asked whether issues of open access to the building had been resolved. In the past, teachers and students have left exit doors in the pods and classrooms propped open or unlocked. Grinold asked if alarms would be installed on the doors.
Board member Phil Taylor said the doors wouldn’t be alarmed, but they’ll automatically lock. “You can go out, but you can’t get back in.”
Boyd said the regular entry/exit doors will be unlocked by using a coded card. “So people shouldn’t be propping open doors so they can get back in. And before, we had teachers propping open doors for fresh air; now we have a fresh air exchange system.”
In other matters, Grinold showed board members several of the 35 Wilmington High School championship banners that would be for sale at Friday’s alumni night. Holding up a 1977 soccer championship banner, Grinold said the memorabilia would be auctioned to the highest bidder during the event. “We have old uniforms, including Buddy Hayford’s old uniform,” he said. “And he’ll be there, so you can get him to sign it. We’ll have signs, a couple of lockers, and old classroom desks.”
The event starts at 6 pm on Friday, June 13, under the graduation tent on Baker Field. The celebration is open to the public and includes a barbecue ($5 in advance), live music, guest speakers from the school’s past, and the silent auction.