continued “There is not clear support from the community on the issue of hiring a school resource officer,” Kaiser said. “Some parents are opposed to the idea of a police officer carrying a gun in our schools. They are more comfortable with our present system of calling the town of Manlius police when a student requires intervention due to issues such as drugs, alcohol or fighting.”
The task force will conduct an electronic survey to get widespread feedback on the issue to ensure that a variety of viewpoints are taken into consideration.
Kaiser recommended that a task force on school safety and security be created to study and discuss the issue and then make recommendations to the board of education. The task force will be charged with the review and research of the district’s security options; defining the function of any added supervision; surveying the community on available options; listening to presentations on school safety; and recommending to the board of education the best solution for F-M with regard to supervision of safety and security in its buildings.
The task force, to include parents, teachers, secondary students, administration, school board members and municipality representatives, will meet three to four times during November and early December and make its recommendation Dec. 12.
The administration recently surveyed area schools to find out whether they employed SROs. About 40 percent of OCM BOCES schools districts employ SROs. Of those, five districts have populations at or exceeding the number of students at F-M High School. Only two districts with a population that was substantially less than F-M have an SRO.