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Brentwood schools hires security leader

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 12:09 p.m.

A former school police officer in the Brentwood Borough School District will return in a new role this month to oversee security.

School board members on Dec. 3 voted 7-2 to hire Jeremy Bogdanski as the district’s director of school police and security at a salary of $58,000. He will work 12 months a year. His first day in Brentwood will be Dec. 19.

Board members Roger Gaughan and Donna Werner dissented.

Bogdanski was hired to fill a role left vacated when Joe Kozarian, longtime director of school police and facilities, left Brentwood schools earlier this year.

At the time, with upcoming renovations planned for the first time since the early 1990s, board members opted to split Kozarian’s job into two full-time posts.

In November, the board hired Jeffrey George as director of facilities. George will oversee all renovation and construction work, maintain blueprints for heating and cooling and plumbing systems, work with contractors, and collaborate with Bogdanski for training all personnel.

As director of school police and security, Bogdanski will be in charge of revising the district’s procedures and processes related to security, patrolling school grounds as a school police officer himself, and serving as a liaison between first responders and the district.

Bogdanski, a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s police academy, worked in Brentwood under Kozarian for one year, Superintendent Amy Burch said.

Following his time in Brentwood, he became an officer at Point Park University in 2014 and was promoted to the rank of corporal, Burch said. There, he served as a training coordinator, narcotics officer, ALICE coordinator and social media officer.

In June 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 44 into law, establishing mandatory school safety training and setting standards for school police officers. It also requires all school entities to name a school safety and security coordinator.

“With the implementation of Act 44, the district realizes the critical importance of expanding our school police program,” Burch said in an email. “Officer Bogdanski demonstrated a firm grasp of the requirements of Act 44, and we are delighted that he will be rejoining our team.”

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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