School resource officer to be on board agenda

The Herkimer Central School Board of Education will consider an agreement with the Herkimer Police Department to provide a school resource officer to the district at the board’s June 28 meeting.

The proposed agreement, which was part of the 2017-18 budget approved by voters in May, would split the cost of the officer’s salary between the district and the village, with the district contributing about 50 percent of the officer’s salary.

The one-year agreement would begin in September, and would put an officer in the district from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

According to a media release from the Herkimer Police Department, the SRO would work in both the elementary and high school buildings, engaging students to improve decision making, reduce truancy and strengthen connections between school and community.   

The initial agreement that will go before the board of education on June 28 is for a one-year commitment. The agreement was approved by the Herkimer Village Board earlier this month. 

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