Beginning July 1, school districts have a new option when considering hiring an in-school law enforcement officer: Class Three Special Law Enforcement Officers (SLEOs). The new classification was approved by the Legislature and the governor, and can provide a specially-trained officer for what could potentially be a lower cost to the district than a regular school resource officer.

The May/June issue of School Leader magazine provides the details on the legislation in its special section on school security. The section also includes articles on cybersecurity, and on what schools in New Jersey and around the country have done to beef up school security and student safety.

Mercury Contamination, Surveys, and Uber Rides The issue also features a case study on how Burlington Township school district managed a crisis when an elementary school gym floor was found to be contaminated with mercury, as well as a piece on strategies for making the most of a community survey.

And the NJSBA policy department tackles a timely question it has received from more than one district lately: Should schools allow Uber drivers to pick up students from school?

School Leader is published six times a year, and is mailed to all school board members in the state, as well as all superintendents, business administrators and other selected officials in the state. It is also available online.