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Povirk to be school resource officer at Chartiers Valley School District intermediate campus

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:29 p.m.
Chartiers Valley Intermediate School is located on Swallow Hill Drive in Scott Township and is under the jurisdiction of Scott police, while the other CV schools are in Collier Township. Randy Jarosz | For The Signal Item

One of three school resource officers in Chartiers Valley School District could begin as early as Friday at the intermediate school in Scott Township.

Ed Povirk, a 21-year veteran of the Scott police who retired in 2005, will be the school resource officer at the intermediate school.

“I'm very excited for the opportunity,” said Povirk, a former DARE officer. “I am looking forward to making this program successful.”

The two Collier officers assigned to the middle school/high school campus will begin Feb. 4, said police Chief Tom Devin. Steve Oberle will be the school resource officer for the primary school, while Bill Oslick will be at the middle school/high school campus.

The district will have one police officer at each campus.

“The SROs at the high school/middle school campus and the intermediate school will be a permanent face around our schools,” district Superintendent Brian White said.

Like thousands of schools across the U.S., Chartiers Valley began discussing posting police in its buildings following the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

Former student Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 first-graders, six adults and himself in the building by shooting his way through a glass door.

School resource officers work with teachers, police and parents to help idenitify potential problems in a school, while also offering additional security.

At Chartiers Valley, the district will use $270,000 from its reserve funds to reimburse the Scott and Collier township's $7,500 a month per-officer. The officers will be employees of the Collier and Scott police departments.

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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