Canal Winchester Schools welcomed a new face to its safety team in January when Deputy Matthew Baughman of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office joined the district as a School Resource Officer.
Deputy Baughman fills the shoes of Deputy Mike Myers, who accepted a position in another district. In December, Deputy Baughman worked with Deputy Myers at Canal Winchester High School to plan for a successful transition to his new role.
"We are grateful to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for their continued partnership in making our schools a safe learning environment for all our students and staff,” said Superintendent Ms. Kiya Hunt. “Deputy Baughman will bring a fresh perspective to his role, and his enthusiasm for building positive relationships in the building will be an asset to the district.”
Deputy Baughman has been with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for a year. A 3rd generation law enforcement officer, he was encouraged to take on the position of School Resource Officer by his own experience with an officer in his hometown of Bellefontaine.
“I love working with kids,” Deputy Baughman said. “I had a really good experience with my hometown School Resource/DARE Officer. I feel like I can really help bridge the gap with kids and law enforcement for the upcoming generation.”
Deputy Baughman, who studied education at Otterbein College, enjoys building relationships and good rapport with students and staff and is looking forward to serving the Canal Winchester community.
Deputy Baughman is one of two School Resource Officers currently embedded in the district. Madison Township Police Officer Keith Mallory joined the district in October through a new partnership with Madison Township and Madison Township Police. Officer Mallory will continue to work primarily with Canal Winchester Middle School, Winchester Trail Elementary, and Indian Trail Elementary, while Deputy Baughman spends most days at CWHS. The officers and their respective departments work in partnership to keep Canal Winchester students, staff, families, and community members safe.