Keeping Schools Safe

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM EDT

Elma, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Iroquois Central School District wants to take a proactive approach when it comes to keep students safe.

"We did have an SRO which is a Student Resource Officer that was assigned to us from the New York State Troopers," Superintendent Douglas Scofield said.

Scofield said just this officer's presence on campus made parents, students and teachers feel more secure. Last year, state budget cuts caused that peace of mind to also be taken away.

"The reason he's not here any longer is that they assigned him and other SROs to different duties," Scofield said.

Now, Superintendent Scofield said in light of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, among other violent situations the nation is facing, he is working with local and state politicians to get an officer back on the job.

"It's important you have a school resource officer in there. He does more than security. Having a guy on the inside, he's a role model to the kids and a guidance counselor," Elma Councilman Jim Malczewski said.

State Senator Pat Gallivan also has gotten involved with the fight.

"It's good that we are focusing on violence and what we can do about it. There is new talk about a school resource officer and I'm thrilled that those in the Iroquois community want to pursue it again," Gallivan said.

Malczewski is also a parent of children in the district.

"In this day and age it's a necessity. My daughter is 15 years old and goes to Iroquois High School," Malczewski said.

Superintendent Scofield said he is so eager to get the officer back in the school he is willing to compromise.

"If he is assigned the school district he can still respond to things happening in the community and support the community," Scofield said.

The state budget for this year is already in place so the district may have to wait a while. In the meantime, Superintendent Scofield said the district has formed a safety coalition with the community and he said they are keeping open and close communication with local law enforcement.