By Ethan Colbert
When classes resume this fall a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy, who will work as a school resource officer, will be stationed full-time in the hallways of the Bowling Green R-I School District, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Frederickson.
The school resource officer will spend time regularly at both the Frankford and Bowling Green campuses and will also split their time between the elementary, middle, and high schools.
“Let’s put it this way, they will spend time in all of those places,” Frederickson said in an interview with the Bowling Green Times on Monday afternoon. “I think as part of our security, the exact schedule is something that I do not want to communicate to others as to when the school resource officer is going to be at certain places or how much time they are going to spend there.”
The resource officer will be an employee of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, which will receive a $40,000 annual payment from the local school district to cover the cost of the salary of the additional officer.
According to Pike County officials, the school district’s payment will still leave the county having an additional estimated $2,000 in expenses to pay for the benefits associated with the position.
In his interview, Frederickson said the decision to partner with the local law enforcement agency was spurred by discussions at several regional and statewide meetings of school superintendents.
“I have been to about six or seven of these summits over the past year that have focused on school safety,” Frederickson said. At those meetings, Frederickson said he learned about several “best practices” for school resource officers to have the most impact within the school.
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