The Saratoga Sun -

By Mike Dunn 

CCSD#2 board tables resource officer debate

 


The Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD#2) Board of Trustees will take at least another month to decide on contributing money towards hiring a school resource officer.

At the April 21 meeting, the CCSD#2 board said they needed a more detailed description of the school resource officer position before they decide to contribute 25 percent of costs linked with implementing an officer on school grounds.

“With the $17,000 to $35,000 we are going to spend, I would like more of a detailed description of how [the officer’s] time is going to be utilized,” vice chairman Tonya Bartholomew said. “Perhaps what days of the week will they be in town, what days they would be scheduled in Hanna, what days will he be in Encampment.”

At the March CCSD#2 school board meeting, Saratoga Police Chief Tom Knickerbocker proposed a full-time school resource officer position in Saratoga, Encampment and Hanna Schools.

Board member Mike McGraw, of Medicine Bow, said that his concerns are that Medicine Bow and Elk Mountain schools would not benefit from a school resource officer. However, Knickerbocker said expenses of having an officer cover every school would be too high.

The board decided to table the issue until the next meeting. Chief Knickerbocker said he would come prepared with a detailed job description for the school resource officer.

The next CCSD#2 board meeting will take place at 4 p.m. on May 19 at Elk Mountain School.

 

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