Waterford school board discusses security, re-elects officers

Waterford — The Board of Education met in executive session Thursday to discuss the district's security measures and security plans for the future following last Friday's school shooting in Newtown.

Following a moment of silence for the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, Superintendent Jerome Belair thanked the Waterford school staff, who he said has "worked to maintain a level of normalcy in the schools" amid the uncertainty and concern among their students.

Students at the high school are selling candy canes and are making paper snowflakes to send to Newtown in an effort to bring some holiday cheer to students there.

Before the board entered into the executive session, Belair said the safety of the town's students is a priority.

"We want to reassure all of our families that we take safety very seriously," Belair said, adding, "but we can't tell you everything about our safety plan because we need to maintain our level of security and not compromise it by sharing it publicly."

He also said that students will participate in a lockdown drill following the winter break and that the drill will be announced beforehand so that students do not panic. This fall, students also participated in a lockdown drill, which is mandatory and required by the state.

Also during the meeting, board members unanimously re-elected for a second year their current chairperson and board secretary, Kathleen McCarty and Jody Nazarchyk, respectively.

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