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Grand Island Town Board supports part-time school resource officers

The Grand Island Town Board agreed Monday to support a plan for two part-time school resource officers at schools in the district rather than a single, full-time officer.

The school board will have public discussion on the plan at its meeting on Monday.

Currently, all town police officers are part-time. The plan would make the two resource officers part of the town police force. They would work exclusively as school resource officers.

The Grand Island School District would pay the resource officers. Grand Island School Superintendent Brian Graham in October suggested hiring a retired officer full time as a way to avoid paying benefits.

Supervisor Nathan McMurray also favored a full-time position but drafted what he considers a compromise.

"I think it's a good middle ground because it commits the two officers to the school," McMurray said.

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