Grant will pay for extra school security in Oneida

The Oneida Special School District will soon have added security at its middle and high schools, thanks to a state grant.

The Board of Education approved a plan Thursday night to use a Safe Schools grant to pay for a part-time security assistant at the middle and high school complex.

The district does not currently have school resource officers, although Oneida police officers and Scott County deputies have provided voluntary security walk-throughs.

The school security assistant will be on site for four hours a day.

School officials have worked out a contract with the Oneida Police Department to rotate officers in the position.

Administrators are excited about having the officers on campus for security and to be a role model for students.

"We also love the idea that these officers are going to mingle with our student body. And not only will this help us here on campus, but we think it will translate into a comfortable measure in our community when these officers and these students intermingle off campus and off regular school hours," said Oneida principal Kevin Byrd.

The security assistants should start working on the school campus next week.


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