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Mt. Pleasant District to hire 2 police officers to bolster school safety

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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 1:41 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Area School Board plans to hire two police officers as part of recent efforts to begin a district police force.

During the board's meeting on Monday, President Robert Gumbita said the board will have information on possible officers next week.

“I think everyone will be very happy with them,” he said.

Gumbita announced in May that the board formed a committee in January to look at school safety and security. From there, an ad hoc committee was formed that included a panel of experts such as a prison warden, a police chief and a deputy sheriff.

In the last few months, those individuals toured the schools and put together a list of recommendations that the district might implement.

The agenda for the board's meeting next Monday will be to hire two school police officers as part of the district's new, updated safety and security measures.

Directors also will be asked to approve a list of substitute teachers, to hire a school psychologist, to hire a temporary professional as a school nurse and to hire a secretary to the assistant superintendent.

The board will take action on approving Victor Snyder as an events manager as part of the district's supplemental programs, along with 28 other supplemental contracts ranging from various sports to class-play director and newspaper sponsor.

Directors on Monday also will take action on the district's comprehensive plan effective 2014-17.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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