By: Arcangelo Iurato ’21
On the first day of school, Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo introduced the Security Team for the 2019-2020 school year to students and staff. The team includes both fresh and familiar faces taking up the charge of keeping our facility safe. The team includes Dale Carriker, Anthony Pacelli, Kevin Nendze, Eric Hablitz, and James Bush.
The team has grown from its inception last year. It is made up of six retired officers who come from law enforcement agencies to monitor hallways, supervise traffic duty, and patrol during the evenings. In addition to the team, two Resource Officers from the Little Falls Police Department (occassionally Totowa and Woodland Park) are stationed within the school daily.
“It started with just the two of us: retired police officers like myself and Dale Carriker,” said Anthony Pacelli. “During that summer, two more security officers were assigned, with one each during the day and at night.”
Since their introduction, the security has undoubtedly made the school safer, even in some less obvious ways.”The biggest problem was the traffic in the morning drop-off,” said Dale Carikker. “We changed some things, such as traffic patterns. There are cones now because people were passing vehicles that were discharging students to come in.”
In the end, this Security Team strives for one very important thing. “Our main goal for the school, in regard to safety, is everybody being able to come to this school to teach and learn in a safe environment,” said Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo. “[Students should] be able to concentrate on the things that we need to do, so that the Security Team focuses on the things that they need to do.”