Voters approve adding officer to New Fairfield’s middle school
NEW FAIRFIELD — Voters have decided that the middle school will be given its own school resource officer this year.
More than 50 residents who attended a town meeting Wednesday almost unanimously approved using $120,000 of surplus money to fund the officer, an idea that was recommended in a recent audit of the schools’ security practices and then reviewed by the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and Board of Education. Selectman Kim Hanson, who has questioned the process for funding the officer, was the sole vote against the funding.
As was the case when officers were added to the lower-level schools late last year, the money will pay for the town’s five police officers to rotate working at the school by picking up overtime hours. The district’s existing school resource officer, who splits his time between the middle and high school, will be designated to the high school.
The system will be used as a place-holder as the School Safety and Security Committee, which oversaw the audit results, looks into hiring officers for each of the schools. The hiring process could take up to 15 months, officials said.