Posted at: 05/16/2013 6:50 AM
Updated at: 05/16/2013 8:23 PM
By: Berkeley Brean
Good news for thousands of parents and students concerned about safety in their schools. News10NBC learned the Greece School District's proposed budget has money for at least one full time dedicated school resource officer. Those schools haven't had an SRO since Greece Police pulled its officers last fall.
The way the system used to work. Greece Schools paid overtime rates for the Greece Police officers assigned to their schools. The officers would go to the schools either before or after their regular shifts. Now, this budget proposal gives the schools a dedicated police officer at regular pay.
News10NBC learned about this when we attended a budget presentation from the Deputy School Superintendent to the Greece Chamber of Commerce. Deputy Superintendent Shaun Nelms told the crowd that they dedicated money to hire a full time school resource officer.
News10NBC told you about the problem of no dedicated SRO's in Greece several times including when we uncovered cell phone video of serious school fights at a couple of Greece high schools. Nelms even said an SRO could help solve problems like a recent spike in car break-ins in Greece.
Dr. Shaun Nelms, Deputy Superintendent, Greece Central School District, said, “So I could imagine that if there are car break ins that are happening recently in Greece that students may share that information with the Greece Police officer ahead of time. So we see it as a preventative opportunity for students to build strong relationships with our Greece Police Department as well as having someone on site when we need law enforcement advice or intervention.”
The total amount of school taxes collected increases in the Greece budget by $2.8 million. That below the state's tax cap. The overall budget increases $6.5 million. If the budget passes, Greece Schools will have at least one police officer in the halls next September. The vote is next Tuesday.