A police officer will monitor the Westport schools. And he or she will do so in buildings with new roofs, and more staff.
Those were some of the decisions made at last night’s Board of Education meeting.
Brian Fullenbaum reports that the Westport Police Department plans to assign an officer to patrol outside the 7 elementary and middle schools. The officer could go inside as needed, offering a chance for students to see the police in a good positive light.
The board will vote on more specific policy regarding this topic in the near future.
The Staples High School roof replacement project will begin immediately after graduation. The total project budget is $5,577,512.
Funding of $1,519,000 was approved for the Saugatuck Elementary School roof project. It will be completed next summer.
The Board of Finance is in the process of approving soft costs, and securing funding.
Board of Ed members also saw a 5-year proposed capital forecast. Including multiple projects and other expenses, the total for the fiscal year 2021-22 was $7,243,707.
Since the spring, the Westport Public Schools have hired 4 new administrators, 39 teachers and 35 non-certified staff members. That’s up 13 teachers and 17 non-certified staff, compared to last year. Interviews were once again done live.
A heath report showed that there were 10 COVID cases last week in the Westport schools. That brings the total since the start of the school year to 34. However, there has been little to no transmission within the schools, said supervisor of health services Suzanne Levasseur.