Kolb Secures Funding for School Resource Officers

May 18, 2005

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) is pleased to announce that he has been able to secure a $10,000 grant for the Geneva City School District that enabled administrators to retain two school resource officers to work with the students during the current school year.

"I have watched schools fighting to find a balance between protecting our children, teaching them and providing the services children need. My hope is that this grant will help the Geneva City School District better protect and teach our children," Kolb commented.

A school resource officer helps enforce established rules within schools and tries to prevent conflicts from breaking out. Officers report that their involvement in the lives of the students has prevented crime and incidents from happening within schools, noted Kolb. But school districts continually struggle to secure funding for the officer programs.

Kolb credited Geneva City Councilor Gary Baxter and Assistant Superintendent of the Geneva City School District Ann Orman for stepping forward to request assistance and providing a real solution. "Working through a difficult financial situation with Gary Baxter and Ann Orman concluded in good news for the students of the Geneva School District," said Kolb.

Councilman Gary Baxter said, "While working in Geneva schools, I have seen firsthand how imperative it is to keep these officers. They make a difference in our schools and they make a difference to our children."

Kolb concluded, "Education is one of the top issues in New York, and keeping our children safe while at school is rudimentary. The students of the Geneva City School District are fortunate to have a great school system and good relations with their school resource officers."