QUEENSBURY — The school board on Monday approved two school resource officer positions that will be filled by retired police officers through the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office has been weeding through the first round of candidates, and the district will interview the certified officers in the coming days.
Each officer will make no more than $30,000, and the district will not pay for their benefits, which will come from the department they retired from. The officers, to accommodate the long school day, will have different start times so one will be present at the start of the day and one when the school closes its doors.
Superintendent Douglas Huntley said the district had, and still will have, daily visits from county sheriff’s deputies.
Once the new school officers are selected, their goal is to create bonds with students and oversee safety protocol.
“It takes time. We once had school resource officers in Queensbury,” Huntley said. “In fact, when I first came here we had school resource officers. It was just remarkable, I thought, the relationship between the school resource officer and the students.”
The officers will carry firearms, and the district’s insurance will not go up, as officers were already covered. The school will keep a third security position that was not hired through the county sheriff’s office. That person cannot carry a weapon.
The next scheduled meeting will be July 23, when the school board will review a comprehensive guidance plan and building condition summary at 7 p.m. in the administration conference room. At 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, the school board will have another meeting, where it will hire officers if it has viable candidates.