The Dolgeville Central School District’s approval of an interagency agreement with the village of Dolgeville will ensure the presence of a school resource officer at the district’s elementary, middle and high schools starting in September.
The board of education approved the agreement that will secure the services of a school resource officer from the Dolgeville Police Department for 190 days last week.
The 190 days include the 181 days the school district in session and nine days for planning and training. The district will reimburse the village $25,000 for the 190 days.
“I consider this to be a real positive for the district. Not only will the school resource officer create a safe school environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors, but he or she will also be available to provide counseling to students and parents and lead educational programs,” said Dolgeville Superintendent of Schools Christine Reynolds.
“It’s unfortunate that a police presence is needed at the school, but it’s the time we live in,” said Dolgeville Mayor Bruce Lyon. “The village and police department are pleased to be able to help. We look forward to continuing the partnership in the years to come.”
Lyon added two part-time officers, as well as provisional Chief Richard Congdon, may fill the school resource officer position. “The officers who fill the position will not be regular police officers, as they have to have the necessary training to be a juvenile officer and they also have to have the ability to build relationships with students,” he said.
According to the interagency agreement, the school resource officer will be assigned to the school buildings from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on days the district’s staff and students are in session. Those hours may be flexed to accommodate special events or requests, with the additional time compensated at an hourly rate determined by the village.
The agreement also states the school resource officer will be allowed to assist the Dolgeville Police Department off campus with village matters and that Dolgeville Police Department officers will be allowed to assist the school resource officer on campus with district matters. The school resource officer will wear the Dolgeville Police Department uniform, including a sidearm in an authorized holster, as well as other department-issued equipment, and will have an access to a patrol car. The district will reimburse the village for mileage, over and above those incurred with parking the patrol car at the school daily, at the Internal Revenue Service rate in effect at the time of use.
Additionally, the school resource officer will participate in school resource officer training and any other training deemed necessary by the district and the Dolgeville Police Department, with the district providing payment for any and all costs associated with school resource officer training. The school resource officer will also be evaluated in writing annually by the Dolgeville Police Department and by the school district.
Page 2 of 2 - The school resource officer’s duties will fall within the National Association of School Resource Officers’ “Triad of SRO Responsibility,” which includes roles as an educator, informal counselor and law enforcer, according to the agreement.
The agreement is for one year, said Reynolds. “Both parties will have to approve it again for the 2014 – 2015 school year,” she said, adding the village and school district agreed to renew the agreement on or before June 1 for each successive year.