In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, school officials and residents throughout the country were left questioning their security plans and the North Branford School District was no different.
On Jan. 8, Kim Neubig of North Branford Schools posted this announcement: "School Security Officers needed for North Branford Schools." The Town Council approved the hiring of armed security officers.
Councilor Rose Angeloni, a member of the Communications Committee, reported that Police Chief Matthew Canelli and Superintendent Scott Schoonmaker have received 55 applicants for the position and Interim Town Manager Bonnie Therrien said the field has been narrowed with 10 applicants interviewed this week.
Angeloni said that the expected date for the security officers to be in place in the schools is the beginning of February.
At the January Police Commission meeting, Lieutenant David D'Ancicco reported that the security officers would carry the same weapons as North Branford Police Department officers.