Albion approves agreement with Sheriff’s Office for school resource officer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 August 2022 at 10:50 am

ALBION – The Board of Education on Monday approved a contract with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office to have a deputy assigned to the district as a school resource officer.

The district wasn’t able to reach an agreement with the Village of Albion and opted to go with the Sheriff’s Office.

Mickey Edwards, the district superintendent, praised the work of Albion police officer Chris Glogowski, who served as the SRO since February 2019. He established great rapport with students and staff, Edwards said.

The district will continue to work closely with the Albion Police Department for lockdown drills and other issues at the school, he said.

Edwards during last month’s board meeting said the village wanted about $20,000 more annually than the previous contract, which expired on June 30. The previous contract was at $81,250 annually.

The superintendent and board also liked how the contract with the Sheriff’s Office was based on a daily rate, and not a lump sum for the school year.

An article in the Orleans Hub last week stated the district was considering having two school resource officers. But Edwards said that isn’t the plan right now. Albion may look to add a second SRO in the future.

For now the district looks forward to welcoming a deputy from the Sheriff’s Office, with a start date on Sept. 1.

Edwards said the county will be reimbursed about $91,000 as part of the first year of the contract. That includes $502.10 per day in the 2022-2023 school year and $510.26 per day the following school year.

Overtime will be $61.05 per hour the first year and $62.53 per hour the second year.

The contract runs from Sept. 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024. The deputy will be off as school resource officer in the summer and will work with the Sheriff’s Office in other duties in July and August.

The Sheriff’s Office will also provide a fully equipped patrol vehicle for the school resource officer.

Kendall and Lyndonville also contract with the Sheriff’s Office for a school resource officer, and Edwards said the Albion contract mirrors the agreements with Lyndonville and Kendall.