School Security Update from Dr. Browne on Ironia Incident
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 • 6:00pm
Randolph Schools Update from The Superintendent:
As promised in a letter to parents before the holiday break, the three-fold purpose of this statement from Superintendent David Browne is:
- To provide an update on the vandalism at Ironia School discovered on December 23, 2013
- To update the school community on the district's response to this incident
- To share some aspects of the districts overall security profile.
1. Ironia School vandalism: An active police investigation is underway, and has been since December 23, 2013.
2. The Morris County Prosecutor's Office has been notified, and Randolph Chief of Police David Stokoe applied for and secured Crime Stoppers funds that are available in exchange for information that leads to an arrest in this case. We are, of course, forbidden to share any other details that may compromise an active police investigation, and the RPD will be happy to accept anonymous information that may aid their investigation. Chief Stokoe has agreed to provide a visible RPD presence at all district schools as students and staff return to school.
3. On the advice of school security professionals with whom the district has been consulting for a number of years, many or most of the specific aspects of the district's security profile must remain confidential. Nonetheless, it can be said that the district believes in and acts in accordance with a philosophy aligned with the most current research available on the topic of school security. The most effective approach to school site security includes multiple layers of people and things, and Randolph has been investing in both aspects for many years. The district, for the first time in its history, now employs a Security Supervisor, Mr. Harry Ruiz. His daily presence, and the advice he has provided as the result of his 15-year prior career in law enforcement, have been invaluable. Also new to the district is a School Safety Committee, led by School Business Administrator Mr. Michael Neves, that meets regularly and acts on information from a variety of sources about how to improve the district's security profile. We have been installing internal and external security cameras across the district for a number of years, and will continue to do so with the able assistance of our own technology department.
Parents can expect a continued focus on school security in Randolph, and a continued investment in the people and things, both high tech and low tech, that are effective at keeping students and staff safe. As is this case with every school incident, the central office administration works in concert with principals at the respective building level (in this case, Mr. Lee Nittel at Ironia), other members of the administrative team, and the Randolph Police Department to ensure open lines of communication and information. Please be alert for future announcements and information on a topic that will always be at the forefront of the district's efforts.