Larry says when you have loved ones in school, it makes you feel much better knowing there is school resource officer, or “S.R.O.” there, in case trouble starts.
“The school district itself could open it’s own department, police department,” Gary Dawson, Superintendent, for Tussey Mountain School District, said. “We would have to apply to our local judge and get that approved. There also some agencies out there that are supply SROs to school districts and we could move forward and into an agreement with one of those agencies.”
In order to pay for an SRO, the school district may start fundraising, look at budget cuts or ask the borough to tax residents, something Miller says he has no problem doing because he’ll knows his loved ones are safer with an SRO in the school.
“If he wasn’t hear, what are they gonna’ do?” Miller said. “They’ll have to call the state police.”
After the Saxton Borough Police department, the closest police department is the Huntingdon State Police, a thirty minute drive.
The school board will decide next month whether or not they will have an SRO next school year. If they decide to keep the SRO position they’ll vote in early June on a way that position will be provided.