WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A grant application to place a police officer in Waynesboro schools was never submitted for 2007-08, but will hopefully be supported for the next school year, school board member K. Marilyn Smith said this week.
On Jan. 17, 2007, the Waynesboro Borough Council lent its support to a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant application for the officer's salary, benefits and equipment.
Smith said the school board's support wasn't formally sought last year, so she asked for a vote in favor of the idea at Tuesday's board meeting. That vote passed 8-1, with Firmadge Crutchfield dissenting.
"What other public servant is the school subsidizing?" Crutchfield asked.
The borough council on Wednesday agreed to hold a special meeting on Jan. 23 to discuss the issue.
The officer would become a member of the borough's police force.
If awarded, the grant would require matching local contributions for part of the $66,000 annual figure provided by the commission. The local contributions would be 20 percent the first year, 50 percent the second year and 75 percent the third year, Smith said.