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Chambersburg school board hires director of security

January 24, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A retired Maryland State trooper was hired by the Chambersburg School Board Wednesday night to become the director of security for the district.

Brett Hill will start work in about a week, said Director of Information Services Sylvia Rockwood. His salary will be $58,000 a year without benefits, she said.

More than a dozen people applied for the position, Rockwood said.

In November, the board approved an administration recommendation to create the position of a year-round school resource officer to be in charge of security at the district's 20 schools, reviewing district safety and security policies, building security and providing security training for staff.

As resource officer, Hill also will be in charge of working with the district's Transportation Department on bus safety issues; coordinating security for athletic and other events and working with the Chambersburg Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police.

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The district currently has a full-time school resource officer at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, a full-time officer at Faust Junior High School and a part-time officer at Chambersburg Area Middle School. The officers at Faust and the middle school are actually Chambersburg police officers working for the district under a contract during the 181-day school year that pays the borough about $54,000.

"I'm not coming here to reinvent the wheel," Hill said after the board action. He said his experience with Maryland State Police included being an instructor at the police academy working with schools on security issues.

When the position of a director of security was first proposed by the administration, Superintendent Joseph Padasak said it might eventually be necessary to have a full-time school resource officer at each of the district's three secondary schools and another to attend to security issues at the district's elementary schools.

While the middle school position is currently part-time, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Services Eric Michael said it and Faust will be converted within a few years to middle schools for grades six through eight and both schools would probably need full-time officers.

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