Bay Village Schools and City to hire SRO

Bay Village Schools and City to hire School Resource Officer

After years of effective collaboration between the City of Bay Village and the Bay Village City School District, an agreement has been reached to provide a School Resource Officer in the schools.

“This new position builds upon the close working relationship our administrators already has with our police department,” said Beth Lally, president of the Bay Village Board of Education. “It is a natural extension of an alliance that has served us well for many years.”

Superintendent Jodie Hausmann has made school safety a priority in her first year with the school district. “We started by listening to staff and parent ideas and concerns about school safety and the many types of threats that face our students today,” she said. “From what I’ve heard, and from surveys we’ve taken, parents and staff feel positive about an increased police presence in our buildings.”

Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar noted that is vitally important to successful intervention and threat assessments at our schools. “ Adding a School Resource Officer adds another level of collaboration between the schools and law enforcement to enhance the safety of our students,” he said. 

The city and school district of Bay Village together represent a relatively small population (about 2,500 students and less than 7,000 households) with a geographic footprint of just five square miles. Police have always been able to provide an extraordinarily quick response time when called to the schools.

 “The School Resource Officer is there to help keep students and staff safe, but beyond that, his or her mission is to build positive relationships to prevent problems from occurring in the first place,” said Police Chief Mark Spaetzel. “The SRO is first and foremost a police officer but has specialized training for the unique position of working with students and schools. Part of the job is the education of students and parents about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and about how the law deals with juvenile crime. The officer will be in in full uniform, and we believe students will come to see the officer as another trusted adult in whom they can confide.”

Hausmann noted that during the past school year, the schools have added security personnel and structural changes to entryways, more security cameras and network upgrades for improved communication. “We have trained staff in threat assessment practices, ALICE active intruder training, and Youth Mental Health First Aid training. We will move on this year to bring students into the process,” she said. “The SRO adds an important layer of safety for our staff and students.”

The SRO is a part-time position of 29 hours per week, and the cost will be shared with the schools paying 70 percent of the salary and benefits, and the city paying 30 percent. The SRO position does not change the roles of the current security personnel on staff at each building.

“The City of Bay Village and Bay Schools have a history of sharing services to benefit the residents,” said Bay Village City Council President Dwight Clark. “A School Resource Officer is another positive cooperative effort, providing an additional  service for the protection of our community.”

The SRO remains a city employee reporting to police department officials, but the schools and city have a very detailed Memorandum of Understanding that clearly defines the role of the SRO and the limitations of the position when working in the schools. It is expected that the SRO will spend the most time at Bay High School and some time at Bay Middle School. Occasional visits to the elementary schools may also be put into the schedule in the future. An application and job description for the position is available on the City of Bay Village website at:
http://www.cityofbayvillage.com/departments/human-resources.aspx

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