Township could add another school resource officer to Groveport Madison

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

A second Madison Township police officer could join the school resource officer staff in the Groveport Madison School District for the next school term, bringing the total number of officers to three.

A three-year memorandum of understanding with the district was authorized by the Madison Township trustees during their May 23 meeting. Groveport Madison already contracts for one Madison Township officer and one city of Groveport officer.

“I think, at the end of the day, we see the benefit of SROs,” said Madison Township Police Chief Gary York.

If the Groveport Madison Board of Education agrees with the memorandum, the school district will cover 70 percent of salary and benefit costs, along with other costs such as training, equipment and uniforms.

The memorandum covers the 2023 through 2026 school years. A similar agreement was approved for a single school resource officer with Canal Winchester Local Schools.

“We need officers in the schools. It’s just a fact,” said Trustee Chairman John Pritchard. “We wouldn’t be asked back if we didn’t do a good job.”

As for moving from a one year to a multi-year contract and from one officer to two, York said his department wanted a commitment from the school district for a longer term because he needs to hire another officer to replace the second SRO position.

Once the school board approves their end of the memorandum, York said he will post the positions, which are bid upon by officers. The salary/benefit range for resource officers are dependent upon their current department salary.

The township will continue to cover the remaining 30 percent of the officer’s salary, etc. since they return to active department duty when the school district is on hiatus.

According to the 2022-23 memorandum, the township’s resource officer splits their time between the high school, middle schools, and elementary schools. Under the new agreement, one Madison Township officer will spend their day at the high school in and the township second officer will rotate between the other buildings, unless needed at the high school.

“We’re excited about this opportunity,” said York. “We have a really great partnership with the school.”

Other Madison Township news
•The trustees approved a Clinical Affiliation agreement with Columbus State Community for student ride-alongs in township medics.

“We’re excited to be a part of that again,” said Madison Township Assistant Fire Chief Chas Adams.

The affiliation agreement provides a clinical learning experience for students with the fire department and defines the roles and responsibility of Columbus State and Madison Township.

•Jets will crisscross the skies above Rickenbacker Airport during a June 16-18 Columbus Air Show, but Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst is concerned about what happens on the ground when sightseers outside the airport grounds look for a viewing site.

“We strongly discourage people from parking on the roads and warehouse parking areas,” said Brobst. “There’s going to be a lot of traffic in the area. Either stay away or have a lot of patience.”

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