Pitcairn considers covering school officer cost
Pitcairn officials are considering paying up to help keep a police officer stationed at Gateway Middle School.
Pitcairn Council members discussed the possibility of helping fund a middle school officer at their May 5 agenda meeting.
“There was no immediate objection to it. Everyone understood the circumstance,” said Councilman Jack Bova, chairman of the public-safety committee. “And at least, from my perspective, we can swing it financially, and I think we are in favor of having a police officer in the school.”
Less than a week after the April 9 knife attack at Franklin Regional High School, Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said the municipal budget couldn't cover the cost to station an officer at the middle school for next school year. Gateway School District spokeswoman Cara Zanella said the district can't afford it, either.
An officer has been at the school since January, and Monroeville has covered the full cost. The district and municipality split the $150,000 for stationing an officer at Gateway High School.
Pitcairn council's next meeting will be May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the borough building, 582 Sixth St.
Patrick Varine is a news editor with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8745, or email@example.com.
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