School officials in North Branford said some retired police officers have been offered positions to stand guard inside schools while armed.
According to officials, 55 retired police officers applied for positions to protect students and staff inside local schools.
Of the 55 applicants, officials said, four were chosen to stand guard full-time and between three and four were hired to work part-time.
Superintendent Scott Schoonmaker said coverage in all of the schools would be from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. in two shifts. There will be four full-time officers in all four buildings, and two part-time officers from 2 to 6 p.m., Schoonmaker said.
They will be paid $20 an hour and will not work during the summer or during school vacations. The money will come out of the school's budget.
The school district told Eyewitness News that the officers will be educating staff and students, overseeing security checks and looking closely at the school's facilities.
On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother while she slept in her bed before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed 20 children and six adults. He then killed himself as police entered the school.
"It was absolutely horrible and I still feel it was just horrendous," said Karen Bavolacco, of North Branford. "Those poor innocent babies and there was no need for that and if it can be prevented at any time then that would be the best thing."
The school district came to the town council to let them know about this plan right after the Newtown school shooting. Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the school hasn't removed police coverage.
"If you know you're child is being protected on a daily basis, then you can go to work with piece of mind that you've dropped your child off and everything is safe for them for the entire day," said Patty Vanacore.
The hope is to have the officers start in the next week or two.
Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
By H. Gilbert Welch, Special to CNN updated 8:12 AM EDT, Fri May 17, 2013Editor's note: H. Gilbert Welch is a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical PracticeMore >
I first saw the headline early Tuesday on Real Clear Politics, a political news site where I generally start my morning. It's not where I expect to see a story on breast cancer.
Monday, May 20 2013 9:26 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:26:31 GMT
South Windsor police arrested a man after a brutal beating.Police said 48-year-old Gary Wright was arrested after being accused of assaulting a woman in a bowling alley parking lot.Police said the unidentifiedMore >
South Windsor police arrested a man after a brutal beating.More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:37 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:37:33 GMT
The remains found in a wooded area in Trumbull on Friday have been identified as missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley. Investigators said the discovery was made along QuarryMore >
State police have arrested 30-year-old Jermaine Richards, of Bridgeport, in connection with the death of missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah WileyMore >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:11 AM EDT2013-05-20 09:11:12 GMT
Happy Saturday, Rain is on its way – as expected – but it will not hamper the entire weekend. Early this morning, there will be low clouds, fog and drizzle in many parts of Connecticut. This will haveMore >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:43:07 GMT
Posted: May 19, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Updated: May 19, 2013 4:13 PM EDT FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A 21-year-old Fairfield University student from Massachusetts has died after a car crash a day before heMore >
A 21-year-old Fairfield University student from Massachusetts has died after a car crash a day before he was to graduate.More >
Thursday, May 16 2013 3:45 PM EDT2013-05-16 19:45:11 GMT
Police arrested a Toronto woman, who was trying to get into the charity polo match in Greenwich where Prince Harry was playing.According to police, Wen Qi, 36, was trying to enter the Conyers Farms PoloMore >
Police arrested a Toronto woman, who was trying to get into the charity polo match in Greenwich where Prince Harry was playing.More >