Marco C. Rodrigues officially began his role as interim superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools yesterday [Tuesday, Dec. 1]. He replaced Melinda J. Boone, who took the helm of the Norfolk (Virginia) Public Schools.
Perhaps the most contentious issues Rodrigues will immediately be faced with are school safety and the role of Worcester Police Department school resource officers.
Officers were placed in schools in the spring in response to an increase in fighting. In August, Boone, Mayor Joseph M. Petty, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and Police Chief Gary Gemme announced an expansion of the resource officer program. There are now seven officers, five at high schools and two in junior high schools.
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