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Chartiers Valley maintains its large fleet of school buses in the district garage near the campus on Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. File photo

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By Jeff Widmer
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 1:04 p.m.
 

Chartiers Valley School District plans to post three school resource officers in its schools in response to the mass shooting in Connecticut last month.

As part of this effort, Scott Township commissioners could vote on a plan to install a security officer at the intermediate school at the board's Jan. 22 meeting, Manager Denise Fitzgerald said.

The second school resource officer would be placed at the middle school-high school campus, and the third would be at the primary school, both in Collier, said Kara Droney, public relations coordinator for the district.

The district has offered $70,000 of the $98,000 cost for an officer at the intermediate school, Scott police Chief James Secreet said. Chartiers Valley also had offered to pay 20 percent of the school resource officer's health benefits.

“I am excited about it because it gives me another officer and it puts another officer out there (in the field). It also helps the kids,” Secreet said.

Contract details have not yet been finalized, Chartiers Valley public relations coordinator Kara Droney said.

In Collier, the township has a framework for an agreement and a plan for implementation of that agreement with Chartiers Valley to place one school resource officer at the high school, middle school and primary school, township Manager Sal Sirabella said.

“We need to come to a consensus on how we integrate our police officers into an effective public safety plan that will protect the children and teachers,” he said.

The school resource officers would do more than roam the halls of the schools. The officer would speak to the students on subjects such as bullying, internet safety, and drug awareness, officials said.

Right now, Chartiers Valley has six campus safety personnel. Four of the personnel are posted at the high school/middle school, and one is at the intermediate and primary schools, respectively, Droney said.

The duties of the campus safety personnel include:

• Supervise the grounds.

• Check to make sure doors are locked and all possible entrances into the buildings are secure at all times.

• Greet people at building entrances and make sure they have proper identification.

During the winter break, the district installed an access control system at all of the schools, Superintendent Brian White said in a Jan. 4 letter sent home with the students.

White said all schools will conduct a safety drill on Monday. This will include faculty and staff.

“The purpose of our school safety drills is to provide our teachers, staff, students and area law enforcement with an opportunity to prepare for different situations that may jeopardize safety in an educational setting,” White stated in the letter.

Jeff Widmer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or jwidmer@tribweb.com.

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