How safe do your kids feel in school?
One Athens County school district has been working to boost safety by hiring an armed school resource office, but that plan has hit a snag.
The Nelsonville-York City Schools rejected a proposed contract Wednesday night that would have allowed the Athens County Sheriff to supply an armed school resource officer.
District Superintendent Mick McClelland told 10TV the contract was more expensive than his district was hoping.
Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly tells 10TV that he had worked out a proposed contract with the district before county commissioners added items to the contract that the school district did not like.
Commissioner Lenny Eliason says it will be up to the sheriff and school board to come up with another proposal.
McClelland says the district has been tossing the idea around for several years -- first with Nelsonville Police and most recently with the Athens County Sheriff -- but has yet to make a hire.
Parents in the district say it is about time a hire is made.
”We’ve been hearing about it since last school year so, yeah, I do think that it needs to get moving along,” said Jami Koonz, the parent of fifth-grader Payton.
She says an armed officer would put her at ease.
Koonz says that she and Payton have had talks about what would happen if a gunman ever entered their school.
“What happens if that happens? Who do we go to?” her daughter asked.
McClellan says the search for a school resource officer is not over.
He says he will be taking an ad out in the local paper this weekend.
”If that works, that’s great,” Koonz said of the ad. “Use the resources that you have to get people in here to get what needs to be done.”
District officials say they will likely look for a part-time officer to meet their needs.
Koonz says the faster the better to help take away her fears about her daughter’s safety.
”Just that police officer being there and being present makes the kids feel safe too,” she said.
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