Shelton High says farewell to a super security officer

John Nicolett
John Nicolett

Shelton High School has bid farewell to a longtime staff member of the SHS staff, John Nicolett, who served as a security officer for 10 years before leaving for another job.

Nicolett is now working as an emergency dispatcher for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Before coming to work at SHS, Nicolett spent three-and-a-half years as a supervisor for a small security company.

Although he is excited about his new job, Nicolett said that one of the things he will miss the most about SHS is all of the amazing people that he has gotten to know here.

“It is like a second home,” said Nicolett.

He will also miss working with the student body at SHS, which he said was one of the best parts of the job. On the other hand, Nicolett said that the paperwork he had to complete was definitely the worst.

When he is not at work, Nicolett can be found spending time with his son Christopher and his daughter Isabella.

“That is like my second job,” said Nicolett.

Toy drive is special memory

Although he has participated in many events run by SHS, Nicolett said there was one special memory that he will cherish the most.

A few years ago, the school ran a community toy drive during the winter holidays for children who would otherwise not receive any gifts.

On a Saturday, a group of school administrators sat outside Walmart and filled two security cruisers with toys for kids.

“We collected everything from small toys to bicycles,” said Nicolett.

An asset to the school

Headmaster Dr. Beth Smith expressed her appreciation for Nicolett.

“John has been an asset to the security department at SHS,” Smith said. “He has given years of dedicated service and has built a rapport with students, staff and parents. He will be missed.”

Nicholas Zerella, head of security, expressed sadness over losing his longtime colleague.

Zerella said Nicolett “has a big heart. He has been here for 10 years and I am sorry to see him go. The state is getting a great employee.”

Becca Zaleski is a Shelton High School student and a staff member of the student newspaper, Gael Winds, where a version of this story first appeared.