Thursday, January 31, 2013
School Security Study Vote Delayed
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) will not vote on the school board’s request for security funding until its March 5 meeting, almost a month after the finance board has its say on the schools’ request to double the amount from $50,000 to $100,000.
The postponement was consensus of the the RTM’s Finance, Public Protection and Education committees after they met Wednesday night with the school officials who said it was “all or nothing.”
The school board had originally requested $50,000 for a study, a request approved by the finance board. But at last week’s Board of Education meeting that amount jumped to $100,00 based on further input from the security firm Kroll.
According to Alan Bomes, acting chairman of the RTM Finance Committee in the absence of Jeffrey Wieser, the committees were ready to recommend to the entire RTM the approval of $50,000.
“Hadley (Rose, RTM moderator) asked if they could get by with the $50,000, and they said no, and that it was all or nothing,” Bomes said.
Bomes said committee members initially thought they could recommend that RTM could approve the $50,000 at its Feb. 5 meeting, and the other $50,000, if approved by the finance board, at the legislative body’s March 5 scheduled meeting.
But Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon and Elaine Whitney, school board chairwoman, said the board wanted to go for the full $100,000, and as a result, the committees did not vote on their recommendation.
The school board will now go before the finance board Wednesday, Feb. 6, with the $100,000 request, a day after the RTM meets. If approved, educators will have to wait until the RTM’s March 5 meeting to seek full approval.
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$50k to 100k….to conduct a study? Invite Kroll to the RTM and then have WPD arrest them for robbery.
Why in the world is Kroll required for this job anyway? They are a tad overkill for this assignment.
Call Bo Mitchell!!!
Overkill is an understatement. Check out their website. No wonder they want $100,000! http://www.kroll.com
So much for education being about teaching and learning. “Kroll has helped clients make high-risk, high-value decisions for 40 years. We provide trusted intelligence and scalable technology solutions that help companies, investors and governments address business and legal risks, drive compliance and capitalize on opportunities.”
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