Adams, Mars to talk about police staffing
Cranberry Eagle
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January 16, 2013

ADAMS TWP — It appears the township supervisors will join with Mars School Board officials to keep students in all five district schools as safe as possible.

The supervisors voted unanimously Monday night to meet with district Superintendent William Pettigrew regarding his request to contract a full-time township police officer to work at the school district.

Pettigrew sent the supervisors a letter requesting the officer, at the school district’s expense, after the school board approved the move Jan. 8.

The school district contracted an Adams officer to patrol the Mars schools immediately after the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shootings. That contract expires on Jan. 31.

The full-time officer would patrol all school properties, inside and out, and perform necessary searches and other tasks.

“I feel it would make the students and parents feel safer,” said Linda Lees, the supervisor in charge of police matters.

Mars School Board President Dayle Ferguson attended the supervisors meeting, and was delighted at the supervisor’ spirit of cooperation.

‘I think we’re working toward the same goal, which is safety,” Ferguson said.

She said the policeman temporarily contracted to patrol the district has helped immensely in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown.

“The officer’s presence has been very warmly received by the school community, especially the children,” Ferguson told the supervisors.

Police Chief Bill Westerman will contact Pettigrew to set up the meeting between the two boards.