Now the school district has agreed to fund 25 percent of the cost of the school resource officer for the remainder of the school year. The Town of Danville agreed at its council meeting Tuesday night to fund another 25 percent, or $36,000. And the county will fund the remaining 50 percent.
High school resource officers have been in U.S. high schools since the 1960s although they became more common after the school shootings of the late 1990s. San Ramon Valley High was provided an officer in 1999 after an incident on campus, funded through a three-year grant that covered 50 percent of the cost, with the town and the district sharing the remaining cost. The position was instated at Monte Vista in 2004. The officers focus on student counseling, safety and law-related education, plus have become an important part of the school environment as students begin to relate to them. And, yes, they are on campus in case there is any violence.
Superintendent Steve Enoch, who started at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District this summer, said if an incident occurred at Monte Vista and there was no officer he would hate to have to say it was for lack of funding. We agree. As the student populations grow at the Danville high schools, the school resource officers are an important part of the staffing.
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