The Canal Winchester Board of Education will partner with Madison Township to install a second full-time school resource officer in Canal Winchester Schools.
“Keeping our students and staff safe is our top priority,” said Board President Mr. Kevin Butler. “We are grateful to the Madison Township Trustees and Madison Township Police Department for their support in adding a second resource officer to enhance safety and security at our schools.”
At the regular board meeting on Monday, September 19, Board members approved a contract with Madison Township to station an MTPD Officer in the district as a School Resource officer. The district already has one SRO, Deputy Michael Myers, in place through a partnership with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. CW Schools began discussions with Madison Township after the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office notified the district that they could not provide a second SRO due to staffing.
“We appreciate the proactive approach the Canal Winchester Local School District is taking to student and staff safety. This partnership is an excellent opportunity to showcase the skills and resources of the Madison Township Police Department and benefit the community of Canal Winchester,” said Madison Township Police Chief Gary York.
Madison Township Trustees approved the agreement with Canal Winchester Schools at a special meeting on September 19. Next, the position will be posted at Madison Township PD for interested officers to apply; the district and police department hope to have an officer in place in mid-October. The Officer will participate in SRO training while working in the schools for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year.
“We are thrilled to partner with Canal Winchester Schools for the enhanced safety of our kids. The Madison Township Police Department stands ready to serve and protect and looks forward to building a great relationship with the Canal Winchester parents, kids, and local school district,” said Michele Reynolds, Chair of the Madison Township Board.
Currently, Deputy Myers spends most of his day at Canal Winchester High School, traveling to other campuses as needed; the second resource officer will split time between Canal Winchester Middle School, Winchester Trail Elementary, and Indian Trail Elementary.
“Having trained school resource officers to support our school administrators and staff is an important piece of our overall safety and security plan for our schools,” said Superintendent Kiya Hunt. “In addition to SROs, the Canal Winchester Schools safety plan also includes a comprehensive mental health support program, trained threat assessment and crisis response teams, safety drills with students, and training for teachers and staff. We look forward to working in partnership with Madison Township Police Department and Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office to keep our schools safe, secure, and welcoming for all students and staff.”