Greenville Schools to add school resource officer

By Heather Meade hmeade@civitasmedia.com

June 25, 2014

GREENVILLE — Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries said the district is committed to providing a school resource officer (SRO) for the 2014-15 academic year with the assistance of the city of Greenville and the Greenville Police Department.

The contracts for the school district and city haven’t been finalized yet, so not all of the details involving the SRO are ready to be released yet, Greenville’s Safety Services Director Curt Garrison said.

“A school resource officer could fill various roles at the school; one, they will provide security; two, they will provide some drug and safety education for students,” Garrison said. “It’s more than just a security guard.”

City administrators were approached by the school district about providing an SRO for the upcoming school year, Garrison stated. Greenville City Council is still working out the details, and Garrison expects an approved contract by the end of July, he said.

The funding, he said, will come out of the general fund, which also funds the Greenville Police Department; any money received from the school for the SRO will be put into the general fund, as well, he added.

“Greenville, as it has been in the past, is committed to a secure environment at the high school, and we will continue that,” Fries said. “We will have something in place next year, with security at the high school, as well as an educational piece at the other buildings, which is yet to be determined.”

Previously, Greenville Schools contracted with the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol, but with six county schools looking into providing SROs, the field is limited, and so Greenville Schools, in an effort to be proactive and considerate of the staffing limitations, decided to contract with the city police, Fries said.

“They (Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol) can only service so many people,” Fries said. “The biggest issue is that there’s a county-wide drive to talk to all schools (about implementing SROs), and we want to work to make sure that can happen.”

Fries said Greenville Schools’ extra-curricular activities will still have security provided by the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol.