Bristol approves pay for resource officer

BRISTOL — The Bristol Board of Education approved placing a 0.7-mill, five-year additional tax levy on the November ballot to pay for the school district’s first resource officer.

Superintendent Christopher Dray said Monday the levy will generate $67,000 annually and be used for school safety and security.

Dray said he is meeting with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Friday and will speak with a candidate being considered for the district’s resource officer for the 2018-19 school year. The board had previously entered into a contract with the sheriff’s office for the officer, who will be paid $59,743 for the year.

Dray has said the district wanted to have extra safety presence in place as many school districts have added security and school resource officers. Grades kindergarten to 12 are all housed at the Bristol site.

The officer also will be able to provide talks to students on drugs and bullying prevention, board members have said.

The board also approved a contract with Youngstown Mirror and Glass Co. at $17,925 for upgrading the school building entrances. Dray said the entrances will have more visibility for seeing people who come in and include a “teller-like window.”

Work will be done this summer.

The district has a security fund established with a donation made in honor of Stella and Allen Shafer.

In other business, the board:

l Approved elementary teachers Jennifer Fick and Olivia Hornbeck being laid off because of decreased enrollment and for financial reasons effective June 30. Dray said depending on enrollment figures and funding, the teachers may be brought back;

l Reported the old school bell that was removed during the first building expansion by the alumni association will be placed above the gymnasium door;

l Heard from Dray the “Plug Smart” project is having LED lights installed by Dickey Electric as a cost savings. The board had approved the transfer of $125,000 from the general fund to permanent improvement non-levy fund for LED lighting and air conditioning work;

l Approved Sports Graphic to update the padding in the gym at $7,565;

l Approved the sixth grade Washington D.C. trip for May 15-17, 2019;

l Set a special meeting 2 p.m. June 28 on appropriations.