Thursday, October 14, 2010

Intermunicipal Agreement For School Resource Officers


Whereas, the District is in need of school resource officers to be present during school hours on days school is in session through the end of the 2010-2011 school year; and

Whereas, the District and Town are authorized to enter into this inter-municipal and cooperative agreement pursuant to Article 5 of the General Municipal Law for the purposes of carrying out their mutual and respective functions, powers and duties with respect to this matter; and

Whereas, the District and the Town have reached an agreement as to the terms and conditions of such cooperation. The parties desire to memorialize their understanding, expectations and representations as to the furnishing of school resource officers; and

NOW THEREFORE in consideration of the premises the conveyance herein set forth the school district and Town agree as follows:

1. The Town will provide to the District school resource officers in a number sufficient to cover the appropriate secondary schools located within the Town of Greece and within the Greece Central School District.

2. The District will reimburse the Town the cost to the Town for providing such resource officers to the District. This reimbursement includes the hourly rate of the officers plus the Town’s share of FICA and Medicare for the officer. The Town is responsible for employer contribution to the New York State & Local Employees Retirement System, uniform costs, workman compensation, New York State Disability, union negotiated benefits and any other costs incurred by the Town including benefits paid by the Town pursuant to General Municipal Law §207-c.

3. The District is not responsible for the payment to the resource officer of any workers compensation, benefits negotiated or otherwise with respect to the providing of the school resource officers to the Town. The Resource officer is an employee of the Town, not the District

4. The Town assumes all responsibility for the acts of the school resource officers made and performed in the course of their assignment to the Greece Central School District.

5. In consideration of the above, the District shall pay the Town based on an hourly rate per resource officer. At present, the hourly rate is $62.44. The hourly rate will be increased in accordance with COLA adjustments if the Town and the Uniformed Patrolmen’s Association, during the term of this agreement, ratify a contract.

6. The Town will invoice the District monthly beginning in October and concluding in July.

7. The above notwithstanding, the total amount paid by the District shall not exceed the sum of $125,000.00 for the 2010-2011 school year. Witness whereof the parties of here have caused their agreement to be signed by their respective duly authorized officers and the day of the year first written above.

SCATS ~~ Let's see ... $125,000 divided by 4 secondary schools = $31,250/high school. At approx. $100/hr (incl. FICA & medicare) that allows for just 312.5 hrs. per school for the entire school year. So these officers will be in the buildings for a very few short hours each week. Will someone please remind me about WHY this idea is deemed critical and worth doing??


Anonymous said...

You don't remember Columbine or any of the other school shootings in the last 10-20 years? The school resource program originated around that time.

The schools appreciate the necessity of this program. Along with safety, these school resource officers provide a ton of benefits. There are way too many list, and although you think it may be a bad idea, I would urge you to go any school where these officers are and see what the school administrators and teachers think. I can guarantee you virtually none would be against the SRO program.

SCATS said...

To 8:49PM ~~ Of course I remember Columbine. What does that have to do with GCSD & the SRO's? Do you think having a cop in the building for a few hrs/week will prevent that? Do you think a student wouldn't plot something to happen outside the days and times the cop is there?? No one is against the SRO's but no one has told us or shown us what measurable difference having them may have made.

Anonymous said...

1, allows GPD cops to eyeball sweet young things while on the clock.

2, provides the town with an excuse to give a chosen few overtime hours.

3, Provided another income line to theTown budget nobody will bother to track.

4, one bored cop in school may actually develop information on a crime and do something with it.

5, minimizes chances of some loud mouthed citizen from causing problems and makes it more difficult for citizens to initiate litigation against GCSD for criminal activity on campus.

We now return you to the regularly scheduled program where you will learn GCSD Union Teachers are wonderful, and it's all somebody else's fault.

Anonymous said...

NOTHING, SCATS, can PREVENT a tragedy like Columbine from happening. It would be a wonderful thing if schools, post offices, other public places could guarantee the populace unmitigated safety from such a horrific act, but the sad reality is that we cannot. What we CAN do, however, is create a hesitation - a "think twice" mentality that goes toward creating a safer environment. So much of public safety is the perception of safety, right? For example, when you walk into the courthouse and there's an armed guard standing in the hallway -- is he PREVENTING tragedy or violence? No. He's availalbe to MANAGE the violence once it's begun. I don't disagree with your premise on the original post -- having a police officer at the schools a few hours a week really isn't all that helpful, beyond the relationship building that is supposed to be happening between the students and law enforcement. Much of the benefits to having the SRO's are qualitative (changing the perceptions of persons in positions of authority among the youth, for example). That changing perception could be measured with pre-post surveys of the student body if that is, in fact, a targeted outcome of their presence in the schools. Before anyone attacks me - this is AN example. I am not saying it is THE ONLY hopeful outcome of their presence. A simple Google search of "benefits of SROs in public schools" ought to provide some guidance.

Anonymous said...

Just more show and tell but it feels good right?

Anonymous said...

what does this say about the training and
preparation of GCSD school security receive
in accordamce with preventing/mitigating
a mass-casualty incident on campus?

Are our school security personnel trained
in the above?

If not, why not?

Anonymous said...

how much are we paying for school
security, in addition to the SROs?

SCATS said...

To 5:53AM ~~ There's just two things I'd like to point out. First, we've employed SROs in the past, but our BOE has FAILED TO SHOW US ANY POSITIVE DIFFERENCE THEY MAY HAVE MADE. Did their presence reduce the number of fights at school? Were drugs less prevalent with them in the building? Were gangs less visible? Since these sorts of issues are NEVER EVER DISCUSSED at BOE meetings, I'll have to assume there was NO positive impact - i.e. we just wasted the $$.

Secondly, everyone must remember that IT IS NOT THE DUTY OF THE POLICE TO STOP OR INTERVENE IN VIOLENT ACTS TO PROTECT THE REST OF US. They do NOT have to do that, but most of us take for granted the idea that they will. Since there is no guarantee that having a cop on duty in the event violence occurs will end it with a better outcome, again I say we are probably wasting our money. I know this is merely hypothetical, but it's ALL we have to go on.

To 8:32AM & 8:41AM ~~ Good questions!!

Anonymous said...


You're extremely jaded if you don't think for a second any police officer would not intervene if there was a shooting at school.

SCATS said...

To 1:01PM ~~ I'm not jaded at all. My point is that they are not required to intervene, but most people think it is their job.

Anonymous said...

I don't know 7:20 - you tell me. Do you feel safer when you see a cop patrolling a neighborhood where you might feel uneasy being in at any given time? I could say the same to you - just more show and tell, but it feels good doesn't it? I was in New Orleans not too long ago, walking down Bourbon Street. Unfamiliar territory, LOTS of people - was I uneasy? YES. Were their cops around? YES. Did that make me feel better? YES. But what the hell do I know about them intervening at any given point. Perception is reality - whether you like it or not.

SCATS said...

To 5:45PM ~~ Thanks for the lesson on perception and reality. I plan to use that in the school of choice argument: the perception that schools of choice are better is all it takes to make them better in reality. The perception that Olympia HS is quickly becoming another ghetto school is the reality for those stuck attending there.

The perception that Todd Baxter is beginning to sound like Merritt Rahn used to sound is the reality, too.

By jove, I think I've got it! :)

Anonymous said...

It's your reality if it's your perception, Scats. Just how life works. We all see things through our own lens....and every now and then, a compelling argument is made that persuades us to a different perception. That's what makes for good debate, intellectual growth and acceptance of differences of opinion.

Anonymous said...

Based on what I have read perhaps other readers know why we need more security than what we are paying for now. Are security officers held accountable? How are we to know if this money is being spent effectively? Did board members know how little time in the schools was being covered by this spending PRIOR to voting? The price per hour blows my mind. Again, did the board know what they were getting for the buck?

All indicators point to this being yet another PCC (politically correct crap) expenditure.

SCATS said...

To 7:38AM ~~ If we had ANY real transparency on our BOE, this issue would have been discussed fully in an open meeting. They prefer to speak in code and behind closed doors though, as does the head of GTA who NEVER discusses security!

Our BOE decided to hire an extra principal at an elementary school this year, because a student purportedly pulled a knife on the lone principal. I'd like to hear how that has reduced the need for security, if it has.