By Andrea Cordle
The South-Western City Schools District and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office have reached an agreement to keep student resource officers in school.
At the Sept. 23 meeting, the board of education approved a police services agreement with the county to assign one sheriff’s deputy to Westland High School and one to Franklin Heights High School.
According to the contract, the district will pay the sheriff’s office no more than $215,000. The agreement expires in May 2014.
The student resource officer program selects trained deputies from the county to work with school administrators and faculty to prevent crime within the designated school. The program aims to, not only create a safe learning environment for students, but also to teach students about the law and promote positive behavior.
The student resource officer will work during regular school hours to protect the school premise, students and staff.
The district contracts with the Grove City Division of Police to provide Grove City and Central Crossing high schools with a student resource officer.
In other business, the board of education approved a cost of living adjustment for non-association employees.
According to Hugh Garside, district treasurer, this is a 2 percent pay increase for non-union employees, like classroom monitors and those who work in the recreation centers. It includes approximately 70 employees.
The non-association employees will receive a 2 percent pay increase for the next three fiscal years.
“The total cost to the district is about $100,000 for the combined three years,” said Garside. “This was the same deal SWAA and OAPSE got.”
This summer, the board of education approved contract agreements with the South-Western Administrator’s Association and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. Each union employee received a 2 percent salary increase for each fiscal year from July 2013 through June 2016.