County grant aids Hyde Park school resource officers

The Hyde Park Town Board has received $5,003 from the Dutchess County Division of Youth Services to help defray costs related to the school resource officer and the recreation programs for the Teen Center and Intern Program.

The town will use $2,365 of the county grant to put a slight dent in the $104,400 budgeted for salary and benefits for a full-time police officer at FDR High School and a part-time resource officer at Haviland Middle School. The Hyde Park Central School District contributes $67,500 for both officers.

The Resource Officer program was introduced in the local schools during the Clinton administration, and the town government and school district have shared the related costs since then.

Many school districts across the country have bought into the program, hoping to improve security for students and school buildings in the wake of school shootings that started with the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colo.

In that incident, 12 students and one teacher were killed and an additional 24 students and three others were wounded by two students who then committed suicide.

Dutchess County is expected to continue its support for the program next year and the Town Board voted at its final meeting of the year Dec. 16, to execute all documents related to the 2014 grant application.

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