Guidepost Solutions has been chosen by the New Milford Board of Education to conduct a schools' security assessment.

The board unanimously approved hiring Guidepost Tuesday. The Town Council had appropriated $234,115 Monday to pay for the assessment.

The last security assessment done for the town in 2007 was conducted by SafirRosetti -- a firm since acquired by Guidepost Solutions.

As a result, there is no need for the board to go to bid for a firm to conduct this study, Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote explained.

Guidepost's proposal to New Milford said a team can be put together and be in town one week after the contract is signed.

On-site inspections will be conducted at each of the town's six schools, among other steps in assessing school security.

Meetings will be held by the Guidepost team with New Milford Police Chief Shawn Boyne and Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 Fire Chief Jim Ferlow to discuss security and safety concerns at each location, as well as the District Emergency Plans and Communication.

Chief Boyne attended Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. He declined to comment on the merits of hiring Guidepost Solutions to conduct the security and vulnerability assessment.

"I'm here to assure we can supply the resources when they are needed," the chief said. "The school board is much more familiar with the services of the company chosen and the landscape of the security of the schools than I am."