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South Glens Falls partners with Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department to hire school resource officer

December 17, 2018

Print-friendly infographic containing the same information on this web page.Since the start of the school year, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stewart has been working as the district’s school resource officer (SRO).

Stewart, a 2007 graduate of South Glens Falls High School, was hired by the district through a new partnership with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. Through the sheriff’s department, the district pays approximately $75,000 per year for an SRO.

“Having Officer Stewart in our schools is just one component of our overall safety plan,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. ‘He not only provides extra protection for our students and staff, he is able to serve as a resource for our district safety planning and a role model for students.”

Officer Stewart’s job in the district includes:

  • maintaining a presence throughout all the school buildings and proactively working to enhance the quality of life of members of the school community by eliminating safety threats and disorder;
  • responding immediately to ensure safety in times of crisis or conflicts and providing follow-up to proactively prevent future problems;
  • communicating and collaborating with other law enforcement colleagues to identify and preemptively address potential issues;
  • serving as a resource to the school community, including staff, students and their families for collaborative problem solving and the encouragement of information-sharing to increase safety and security in the school and community; and
  • making presentations to students, faculty and staff, officials, parents and the community on violence prevention, substance abuse, social conflict, crime prevention, health and safety, conflict resolution, school safety and other related community policing issues.

“My favorite part of the job is the positive daily interactions that I have with the students and knowing I am able to make a difference,” Stewart said. “I look at my position not as a job but as a lifestyle and there is no better feeling then being a part of the ‘Bulldog Family.'”

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