Holley boosts pay for security at school district

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 August 2022 at 5:19 pm

HOLLEY – The school district has boosted the pay for security officers that work at Holley, increasing the hourly pay from $32.50 in 2021-22 to $40.00 this upcoming school year.

That raise will result in a $26,000 overall increase in security for the district if all the hours are filled, said Sharon Zacher, assistant superintendent for business.

Holley has contracted with C.O.P. Security Inc. since 2013. The Scottsville-based company hires many retired police officers who were former school resource officers or DARE officers.

COP Security has some unfilled positions and may not be able to have a security officer at each of the two Holley schools throughout the school days, district superintendent Brian Bartalo, advised the Board of Education recently.

Holley increased the pay to make the positions more appealing to security professionals at COPS. The district typically works with three or four security staff from COPS throughout a school year.

“Having someone every day in each of the schools would be awesome,” Bartalo told the board.

If COP Security can’t have two security at the district during the school days, Bartalo said he will reach out to the Holley Police Department and Orleans County Sheriff’s Office for increased patrols.