Harrisville Central School Close To Getting Resource OfficerPosted: Updated:
Harrisville Central School is one step away from hiring it's very first School Resource Officer.
"I do believe it is really important that every school district has an SRO," said Robert Finster, superintendent.
Finster said that last Thursday, the Lewis County Board of Legislators made a motion to approve the hiring of the SRO, who will make roughly $50,0000 to $55,000 a year paid by the school. His benefits will be paid by the county. He added that this is partially in response to the recent uptick in school threats in the area.
"Parents and community was feeling a little bit uneasy about some of the threats - supposed threats - we were talking for a while about having an SRO come here to Harrisville," said Finster.
He said that Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli recommended Sgt. Eric Schmitt for the position - a decision Harrisville's principal is pleased with.
"We are very excited. Sgt. Schmitt, who is coming to us from the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, is a member of our community, his children go here and so it's a great opportunity for us to ensure safety for all of our kids," said Eric Luther, 7-12 principal of Harrisville Central School.
If approved, Sgt. Schmitt will be coming to Harrisville from South Lewis Central School, where he worked for about a year.
"Oh, I'm kind of excited. I live in the area, it's kind of neat, it's the school I attended when I was in high school," said Schmitt.
On October 2, the Board of Legislators will officially approve the hire, which was already approved at the committee meeting that consisted of only half the board. On October 3, Sgt. Schmitt will begin his new job.