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Rockland-area school board to vote on police in schools

By Stephen Betts | Feb 26, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Oceanside High School in Rockland.

Rockland — The Regional School Unit 13 Board is scheduled to vote Thursday night, March 1, on having a school resource officer for Oceanside High School and the South School.

And RSU 13 Superintendent John McDonald said he will be having talks with the Knox County Sheriff's Office about providing officers for Oceanside  Middle School and other schools in the district.

The superintendent said the district has been in talks for two years with the Rockland Police Department about having a school resource officer. He said the policy committee and the full board have discussed the issue.

McDonald said the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14 was not the reason for his decision to recommend the school resource officer, but that the recent shooting did raise it to the forefront.

The superintendent said his former school district in Belfast had a school resource officer, and he felt it was a benefit to the school.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the McLain School.

In addition to a vote on his recommendation for a school resource officer, the board will vote on whether to ratify contracts for teachers and for the support staff.

The new teacher contract would run from Sept. 1, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2019. The support staff contract runs from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2018.

Terms have not been released, but will be available after the vote.

The board will also accept the retirement of Oceanside Middle School math teacher Charles Gallagher, effective Aug. 31. Gallagher has been with the district since 1996.


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Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 27, 2018 07:00

We sure have evolved as a society when children are not able to go to school without the  fear of being harmed. We have become so greedy that even two parents working struggle to make ends meet and children suffer from it.

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