Miscommunication Pushes Back Resource Officer Decision

<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Tuesday, July 10th) Uhrichsville, Ohio – Additional discussion will follow regarding a potential contract between the City of Uhrichsville and the Claymont School Board to bring onboard a school resource officer.

At Monday’s board meeting, city administration discovered that Superintendent John Rocchi did not adequately convey with the Board the discussions of having a city police officer contract with the district through the school year.

Mayor Rick Dorland explained that in previous conversations with Rocchi, the city had the impression in May that the board reached the conclusion to hire a resource officer.

“The way we understood it at that time was that it was a done deal. It was something that you, the board, we’re going to bring up and vote on. Mr. Rocchi assured me that it was going to be brought up at the May [board] meeting. I meet with him after that and found out that it wasn’t on the agenda.”

Claymont School Board Member Collin Fawcett noted that the Board had no knowledge of the plan except for a brief mention and that the miscommunication was with Rocchi.

However, Member Austin Beckley expressed the board’s interest in thoroughly looking into the information provided Monday by the city and to correct the communication barrier.

“This is a very important issue for this board because safety is number one for our district, our staff, and our students. This isn’t something that’s going to be put on the back burner but we need numbers and we need to make sure that it’s in our budget.”

No final decision was made by the board; however, Mayor Dorland pointed out getting a police officer in the school for the 2018-2019 term was not feasible due to the timeframe of purchasing and receiving an equipped cruiser for the officer to go between school buildings.

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