Holley hires security to enhance safety in its schools
HOLLEY – The school district introduced new security officers to students and staff on March 4. The district hired COP Security Inc., a local security company, to assist in maintaining a safe school environment and to help promote safety education in the schools. All of the security staff members are retired law enforcement officers from local agencies.
A security officer will be stationed at Holley Middle School/High School and Elementary School from 7 a.m. to dismissal, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Middle School/High School, and from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Elementary School.
“Many of them are former school resource officers or DARE officers and are looking forward to working with our students, staff, and community on topics such as anti-bullying, prom safety, bicycle safety, and other pertinent topics,” said Superintendent Robert D’Angelo.
At the Middle School/High School, Principal Susan Cory has been introducing the officers to students during their physical education classes. At the Elementary School, Principal Karri Schiavone has been introducing the officers in each classroom. The security officers wear khaki pants and a dark shirt with the name of the security company.
The school district also has security cameras throughout its buildings, which security officers can access in the office space provided for them.
“In addition to our staff, the security officers will be the eyes and ears around our schools and will provide us feedback throughout the day,” D’Angelo said.
The superintendent added that there wasn’t one particular event that prompted the added security. “It is our obligation as a school district to keep our students and staff safe, and our community safe when the schools are being used for evening activities,” he said.