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Greenville schools add sheriff deputy

Aug 31, 2018 12:34 pm
Audrey Matott reports in the Greenville Pioneer that when classes begin next week, many Greene County schools will have school resource officers walking the halls. The Greenville Central School District is spending $55,000 for the presence of an uniformed, armed Greene County Sheriff's Deputy William Wyant this year. “Coming to the district with both road and SRO experience, Deputy Wyant has previously worked for the Catskill Police Department and the Athens Police Department where he was assigned as an SRO for the Coxsackie-Athens School District before joining the Greene County Sheriff‟s Office,” wrote Greenville Superintendent of Schools Tammy Sutherland. “Having completed both Basic School Resource Officer and Basic Police Juvenile Officer training, Deputy Wyant will focus on building positive relationships with students and adults, providing character education and prevention programs while incorporating an additional level of security for each of our buildings.” The Greene County Sheriff's Office has been trying to get taxpayer money from the Greene County Legislature to put more officers in schools. But on August 13 the Greene County Legislature‟s Public Safety Committee voted against adding officers. The Cairo-Durham and Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School Districts "have sought contracts: with the Greene County Sheriff‟s Office for SROs. Catskill schools hire security officers. Coxsackie-Athens schools already had an officer, and Hunter-Tannersville was not interested in the program. Read the full story in the Greenville Pioneer.