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Increase of Security in Elizabeth Public Schools

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Giovana G. Castaneda

Dear Elizabeth Board of Education,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., I am requesting:

I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education to provide me with any records that cover all contracts between the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education and the Elizabeth Police Department covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education any documents, including inter-agency agreements, letters and memoranda, sufficient to identify the nature of any relationship (whether formal or informal) between the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education and the Elizabeth Police Department from January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education any documents demonstrating what the process is with regard to the hiring of the police officers assigned to schools, how does the process work, and who has supervised the hired officers covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting for the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education school board meeting minutes that pertain to all contracts and inter-agency agreements, including letters and memoranda, underlying the increase in security referenced in the board minutes from the following dates:
03/19/2020
01/06/2020
11/07/2019
05/02/2019
05/09/2019
08/23/2018
02/22/2018
12/17/2015
05/12/2015
05/07/2015

I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education all documents demonstrating the breakdown of costs on security and security measures (i.e. breakdown on Nonpublic Security Aid, breakdown on Categorical Security Aid, metal detectors, costs of police in sport events/prom, etc.) covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education all documents demonstrating the costs on the updated security cameras at all schools to monitor buildings and grounds; the salary and names of the Director of Security and a Lead Investigator along with a team of former law enforcement professionals who lead the efforts through collaboration and communication with educational staff from January 1, 2015 to present.
I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education all documents demonstrating the number of security guards, school resource officers, and any other security or rule enforcement personnel that exist, their names, the number of hours they work, and their salary covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education all documents underlying the termination and/or investigation of security guards for alleged misconduct involving student interactions and relationships, use of force, or misuse of resources covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education all documents demonstrating the kind of training security guards receive (i.e. using metal detectors, checking backpacks, etc.), the dates security guards have been trained, and the names of those who train the security guards covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting from the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education all documents demonstrating the number of security guards, school resource officers, and any other security, rule, or law enforcement personnel assigned in each of the following individual schools or who typically are assigned to these schools more than 3 days a week :
Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. Health & Public Safety Academy
Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy
Elizabeth High School - Frank J Cicarell Academy
J. Christian Bollwage Finance Academy
John E. Dwyer Technology Academy
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy
Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy
...covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting any documents, including inter-agency agreements, letters and memoranda, sufficient to identify the nature of any relationship (whether formal or informal) between the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education and the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Elizabeth, NJ in the following schools:
Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. Health & Public Safety Academy
Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy
Elizabeth High School - Frank J Cicarell Academy
J. Christian Bollwage Finance Academy
John E. Dwyer Technology Academy
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy
Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy
...covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting any documents, including inter-agency agreements, letters and memoranda, sufficient to identify the nature of any relationship (whether formal or informal) between the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education and U.S. Marine Corps Junior ROTC covering any part of the time period January 1, 2015 to present.

I am requesting any documents, including inter-agency agreements, letters and memoranda, sufficient to identify the nature of any relationship (whether formal or informal) between the Elizabeth Public Schools’ Board of Education and the United States Department of Homeland Security covering any part of the time period January 1, 2019 to present.

Please provide the documents in electronic format if you can. If any fee will be charged for your time or copies, please let me know in advance, before providing the documents, in order to arrange the most cost-effective way possible to access what I am asking for.

Even if you cannot provide documents responsive to all of these requests, please provide documents responsive to any individual requests or sub-requests.

Sincerely,

Giovana G. Castaneda

Kennedy, Harold, Elizabeth Board of Education

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Harold Kennedy

School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

 

 

 

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