SILVER CREEK - As was promised, Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich presented the Silver Creek Board of Education with a way to fund the school resource officer (SRO) program at Wednesday's meeting.
Last year the district budgeted $3,000 for the program and Ljiljanich estimated the cost for one and a half days with the SRO to cost about $12,000.
The resolution called for a budget transfer of $3,000 from each of the Curriculum Services budget lines for k-3, 4-6, and 7-12.
The resolution was unanimously passed.
"I am glad you found the money for this program," resident Anna Frederickson said. "I think this is a very important program and not a lot of schools have an SRO."
Ljiljanich agreed with another resident who said the SRO program helps students respect law enforcement and not fear police.
"I would agree, an important piece of our SRO program is them getting into the classrooms and educating the kids and meeting the kids and building some nice relationships and positive bonds with law enforcement," he said.
The SRO agreement still has to be worked out between Silver Creek and Forestville schools along with the villages of Silver Creek and Forestville and the town of Hanover as well as possibly the Seneca Nation.
The board will next meet Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. with a workshop on CDEP planning in the district and a reoprt on recent conference Ljiljanich attended at 6 p.m.
In other business:
The district received its outside audit report from Buffamonte, Whipple and Buttafaro. BWB manager James Alexander reported a clean unqualified audit with only a few minor recommendations.
Business Administrator Cindy Mackowiak gave the treasurer's report for the end of last year and reported receiving an unanticipated increase in Native American aid. She said because the federal government decided to retroactively increase the amount it pays the district for Native American tuition the district received almost twice what it had expected. Because the aid was received in August it was reported as a surplus from last year.
The board approved a resolution to share girls varsity swimming with Dunkirk. Ljiljanich said this is the third sport the district is sharing, along with wrestling with Dunkirk and football with Forestville. He said if some boys are interested the district may also look to share that with Dunkirk as well.