July 20, 2024

WELLSVILLE – Because of deep cuts in state funding for public schools, area schools are debating whether to eliminate or cut their school resource officers programs. County school superintendents say the deep state cuts in school are making it difficult for their schools to keep the popular safety program in which trained sheriff’s officers patrol and teach at schools. Although Wellsville schools aren’t expecting as deep cuts as other Franklin County school districts, Superintendent Denise O’Dea said the Wellsville school board may also make cuts in its SRO. Central Heights is looking at similar cuts. Without an SRO, the minimum response time to Central Heights in an emergency would be 20 minutes, Sheriff Craig Davis said. Davis said he’s open to any range of possibilities, including a part-time SRO.

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