This past week, the Village of Chagrin Falls received an anonymous donation from a community member to fund a school resource officer (SRO) for the remainder of the school year. A group of community leaders will raise matching funds. Further information regarding this will be forthcoming. “The Village welcomes this very generous contribution, and we are pleased that we can provide a resource officer to the school district,” said Mayor William Tomko, Village of Chagrin Falls.
“We had an overwhelming response from residents that attended our recent safety forum that led to action,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools. “This is a meaningful step in improving safety in our schools and community.”
The SRO is a police officer dedicated to serving all four school buildings. “The SRO will create a safe, learning environment and serve as a youth advocate, community liaison, mentor/counselor and positive role model,” said Hunt. “The SRO also will support current programming and assist with security planning.”
The donation also will fund training for the officer over the summer. Mayor Tomko said a school resource officer provides many benefits beyond enhanced school safety, including intervention regarding drugs and alcohol, classroom programs, bullying prevention, and fostering positive relationships between the police and the school community.
The school district, along with the Villages of Chagrin Falls and South Russell, are currently considering a shared arrangement to fund the position beginning next school year.