Resource officer or security officer?
The best way to provide security at the district’s schools was discussed at Tuesday evening’s Central Valley Central School District Board of Education meeting at Gregory B. Jarvis Junior-Senior High School.
“A police officer is not what we need in a school district,” Ilion resident Joanne Moore said.
Many residents supported board members who are exploring the option of a school resource officer rather than a security officer, or at least putting the discussion of which way to go at the top of the list.
Mohawk resident Betsy Briggs said she worked in schools where there were school resource officers as well as those with security officers.
“I would like to see a resource officer because they have the training, and they really become part of the team,” she said. “They’re preventative. They can teach.”
District Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. told the board that it must decide between the two.
School board member Matthew Shedd asked about developing a possible study of the issue.
“This is an important topic for the community,” he said. “We need to quantify what the options are in order to make an informed decision.”
Tangorra said it couldn’t be done before the next school year.
“That’s long term,” he said. “In the short term, I want to make sure we have something in place.”
The issue of bullying also was brought up, and Tangorra said a policy could be put in place.
“I think a student supervision policy would be a great idea,” he said.
Board member Fred Schell mentioned that during the merger discussions, bullying was a high concern.
“We need to make the public aware of what policies we have in place,” he said.