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FOCUS ON SAFETY: S. Whitley, Col. City make decisions on school officers

September 11, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Funding school safety has been an ongoing topic of conversation among municipalities in Whitley County.

Whitko Middle School Principal Parrish Kruger spoke on behalf of the district and petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider a $10,000 contribution in order for the district to hire a school resource officer (SRO).

“We have the opportunity to get a grant with matching funds,” Kruger said. “The district can show a $30,000 investment. However, if South Whitley can put in $10,000 and Pierceton can do the same, we can get $50,000 in matching funds.”

The need for police presence has become an increasing demand, and several area school districts have made arrangements to implement SROs.
At the council meeting, Dave Morales shared his personal perspective as the SRO for Warsaw schools.

“This is a way for us to serve the community. We reach out to students, teachers and parents,” Morales said. “We aren’t just brute force, we also act as counselors.”

Education is also a piece that Morales provides in the schools he serves.

Teaching road safety in driver education programs as well as personal safety and responsibility, SROs are more than just another form of authority.

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