Afternoon monitor to be hired at Stonington High School

Stonington - While Stonington High School has security monitors in place each day from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., no monitors are on duty after that time even though the school is used for sports, extracurricular activities and nighttime events.

But that is about to change as high school Principal Stephen Murphy said Monday that Superintendent of Schools Van Riley has found some money in the current budget so a monitor can patrol the school from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

He said the monitor would begin work as soon as the job is advertised and someone is hired.

Murphy said he would like to have a monitor on duty from 2:30 to 11 p.m. but that request was not funded in Riley's proposed 2013-14 budget, which he presented to the school board last week. The request was among a list of items not included in the budget proposal that Riley gave the board in case members want to include them in budget they adopt.

In addition, Police Chief J. Darren Stewart said Monday that he will seek $100,000 in the 2013-14 budget to fund an additional police presence in the schools. Currently, police Youth Officer Tim Marley spends time in all the schools each week.

And since the Newtown school shootings, police have increased their daily presence in all of the town's public and private schools.

If the town were to post an officer at each of the six public schools it would need to hire six new officers at a cost of about $450,000 to $500,000 a year.

That would result in a 0.16-mill increase in the tax rate. With that tax increase, a person with a home assessed at $250,000 would pay an additional $40 a year in taxes.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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