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Council says it wasn't notified about Waynesboro school resource officer funding cut

July 23, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Area School Board's decision to cease funding for a school resource officer in 2010-11 was much publicized, but one group says it never received official word.

That group is the Waynesboro Borough Council, which employs the police officer who worked in the schools for two academic years.

Councilman Ronnie Martin said borough staff needs to contact the school board president to ask what is happening. He said the memorandum of understanding between the school board and council involves another couple years.

"Contracts are a binding thing. They are in my world," Martin said.

Councilman C. Harold Mumma suggested the borough's solicitor express the concerns in writing, but Martin said that might not be necessary initially.

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"Let's do it the easy way," Martin said.

Council President Craig Newcomer said he doesn't want this matter to dissolve into arguments in the media and discussions between lawyers, like a previous dispute involving an extension of East Third Street.

"This is costing taxpayers money for solicitors. I'm not doing this again, going back and forth in the newspapers," he said.

Newcomer suggested Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger contact School Board President Ed Wilson in writing.

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