Claremore Daily Progress

June 16, 2013

CPS to add second resource officer

Mark Friedel
Staff Writer

CLAREMORE —

The Claremore Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding Monday to add a second school resource officer to the district.
Through partnerships with the Claremore Police Department and the city, the school board intends to have the position filled by the beginning of the fall semester, said Claremore Superintendent Mike McClaren.
A similar memorandum has to be approved at the upcoming city council meeting before the hiring process can begin, he said.
The school resource officer will work with Claremore Public Schools personnel on a cooperative basis, providing investigative arms and acting as a staff person for bullying and other counseling scenarios. 
The officer will serve in addition to current resource officer Robin Blair.
Blair and the district will work with the city to outline the new officer’s duties, said McClaren.
According to information provided during Monday’s board meeting, it is anticipated that the one-year contract will be renewed for the 2014-15 school year and then on an annual basis after that.
McClaren said since the district is more spread out now after last year’s addition of Catalayah Elementary, another officer was needed for security.
“We want to improve safety for teachers, students and faculty while maintaining a positive learning environment,” he said.
City council members will vote on a memorandum of understanding regarding the position during Monday’s city council meeting.