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Board seeks to have police officer on duty to serve in schools

The Frontier Central School District wants to have a police officer on duty to serve in the high school and middle school, something many other area districts have done.

The problem is the estimated $110,000 cost.

The Board of Education embraced the idea Tuesday night and would like to see a Town of Hamburg officer on the job.

The district, which is currently operating under a contingency budget, plans to talk to the town about the possibility of sharing some of the cost and also look into grants.

But it could take years to obtain a grant, board member Stanley Figiel said.

Using a state trooper is a possibility, but they prefer to limit themselves to schools where there is not a regular police department, Elizabeth Bradley, assistant superintendent, said.

The school resource officer would provide protection, enforcement and counseling, and they have been used with good results in other districts, she said.

An 11-member committee studied the issue and recommended creating the new position.

Board member Nancy Wood said the officers establish relationships with the students and have headed off potential problems because of their awareness of what is going on in the community.

Board member Larry Albert suggested the possibility of having the position as a separate item when the district vote takes place in May.

Bradley said she hopes to discuss the issue with the town within a month.

On another matter, 15 teachers who together have more than 400 years of experience will be retiring July 1 after accepting a retirement incentive offer of $20,000, either in cash or health insurance payments.

Those retiring have from 36 years to 10 years with the district.

Nine support personnel, who have between 31 and nine years, also have decided to retire. Their incentive is a payment equal to 15 percent of their annual salary.

The board also hired the firm of Bernard P. Donegan Inc. for the new position of financial consultants at a rate of $110 an hour to a maximum of $10,000.


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