Resident Questions School Board on Security Improvements, Ballfields

Resident and retiring Londonderry Middle School custodian Bob Napolitano questioned the School Board about whether additional security enhancements have been discussed, as well as over work he has seen at the baseball field.

“My question is, have we talked security above and beyond what has already been done?” Napolitano asked the board at its Tuesday, June 18 meeting. School Board Chairman Nancy Hendricks said the discussions on that topic are ongoing.

“We are in the process of putting together an RFP (Request for Proposal) for the security systems,” Business Administrator Peter Curro said. “They have already been received and we’ll be going over them tentatively in August, and we’ll come back to the public and the board to let them know where we are. Then it’s our intention as part of the process, when people come back, to have training on how to use the (secure) doors.”

Superintendent Nathan Greenberg said the police department has completed a threat assessment and “meetings had been held. All that stuff is in play.” Napolitano asked the board to understand that it’s just not a few people coming in through the doors, adding that sometimes “it’s a madhouse.”

Napolitano also brought up the baseball fields because he noticed the removal of a backstop at one of the fields. “My question is, why are we building over there and where would the money be coming from to build this field, after the town twice has said no to the baseball field?” Napolitano asked.

Hendricks asked Curro if a new field were being built, and Curro said it was not. “The fields committee has had as its number one priority authority for I’ll say five years to improve the situation of the baseball field,” Curro said. “Whether you agree with it or not, you know that the existing varsity baseball field is also the football field, so they are moving the baseball field so that it is off the football field.”
Curro said they are flipping the varsity and junior varsity baseball fields so in a year or two, the varsity field will be the JV field and the JV field will be the varsity field.

“There are improvements that need to be made with the lines – the right field line needs to be longer than the JV line,” Curro added. “What you are seeing is a dig-up of the field for the shifting of the line this summer to what the baseball people have agreed will be the proper lines,” he explained. “In a year or two we’ll have the varsity field and the JV field flipped. It gets the varsity baseball field and the football field away from each other.”

To pay for the work, Curro said each year there is money in the maintenance trust fund as well as donations of funds, materials and machinery, along with money in the operating budget for field repairs.

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