The Sussex County School Boards Association discussed school security and safety at a recent meeting. Sharing a presentation on the important topic were Michael A. Rossi, Jr., Ph.D., superintendent of the Sparta Public Schools (speaking); and Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto (also standing.)The Somerset and Mercer county school boards associations also focused on school security, with a panel discussion held during a recent combined meeting. Pictured (l-r) are Lisa Wolff, Hopewell Valley Regional, Mercer SBA president and panel moderator; Julie Blake, counselor, Hunterdon Central High School; Dr. Thomas Smith, Hopewell Valley Regional School District Superintendent; Chief Lance Maloney, Hopewell Township Police Department; and Jeff Gale, NJDOE School Preparedness and Emergency Planning.A number of board members from the two county associations also received recognition during the combined meeting. Pictured (l-r) are Jo Ann Groeger, Lawrence Township, who received the Certified Board Leader award from the NJSBA Board Member Academy; Lisa Wolff, Hopewell Valley Regional, who received Master Board Member Certification and was recognized for her years of service as Mercer County association president; and Ray Pinney, NJSBA director of member engagement.Three Somerset County board members were recognized recently for attaining the Certified Board Member designation through the NJSBA Board Member Academy: Barry Walker, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional (at left); Dan Puntillo, Somerville (second from left); and Georgia Glasser-Nehis, Watchung (second from right). Also pictured are Christy Tighe, NJSBA vice president for county activities; Mike McClure, NJSBA vice president for finance; and Robert Morrison, Somerset County School Boards Association president.