Sycamore & Montgomery Enter Shared Services Agreement For School Resource Officer
Sycamore Community Schools and the City of Montgomery are proud to announce the appointment of the first school resource officer at Sycamore Junior High School.
“In Sycamore, we believe a safe and secure learning environment supports success. We are excited about this opportunity for our students and we are grateful to the City of Montgomery for their assistance,” said Frank Forsthoefel, superintendent. “We’ve been in conversations for months with the city on this level of support for students, staff, and families within our budget parameters.”
The Montgomery police officer will be in the building 20 hours a week for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. Both the district and the city will evaluate the effectiveness of the jointly- and equally-funded position at the end of the school year.
“We are fortunate to have an outstanding working partnership with Sycamore Community Schools and the community benefits greatly when we are able to provide these services efficiently while maximizing resources,” noted Montgomery City Manager Wayne Davis. “This partnership is another great opportunity to create a positive relationship between the students in the district and the police department.”
Since 2001, Montgomery Police Officer Paul Payne has served as the school resource officer for Sycamore High School assisting the junior high as needed. As president of the Ohio School Resource Officers Association, he will provide extensive training for the new officer.
“School resource officers wear many hats. They act as an officer enforcing the law as well as someone who teaches students about ways they can be successful,” said Officer Payne. “By interacting with students during the school day, they build strong relationships and bridge the gap between law enforcement and students.”
The new officer will routinely conduct safety assessments of the building by walking the entire school, checking doors, and connecting with staff and students. He/she will be involved in all school safety planning and will serve on the building safety committee. The school resource officer will contribute at other school events when possible.
“Adding a school resource officer will assist in our efforts to provide a safe environment at our school,” said Dr. Traci Rea, principal. “Research shows their presence on campuses fosters a safer learning environment for students and faculty.”