West Side Education News & Notes
Revere schools to have full-time police presence
BATH — During a special meeting Aug. 14, the Revere Local School District Board of Education approved a three-year contract with Bath Township for a full-time school resource officer (SRO) patrolman, to be funded through a three-way agreement among the school district, the township and Richfield Village.
Eric Shaffer was promoted by Bath trustees from a part-time police officer to fill the full-time position earlier this month. He was sworn in at the trustees’ Aug. 19 meeting. [See related story on Page 6.]
Revere’s Board of Education approved of the selection, and Shaffer is already on the job, said Revere’s Superintendent Randy Boroff.
It’s a first for the district to have an SRO patrol its hallways, said Boroff.
“He will have a presence in each one of our buildings,” he added.
A memorandum of understanding between the school district and the township outlines Shaffer’s role. The document specifies the SRO’s job will be to improve school safety by dealing with criminal law issues.
The SRO will not be responsible for school discipline issues, according to the memorandum. School officials still will handle matters of disorderly conduct, profanity and fights not involving physical injuries or weapons unless an immediate threat to a student, teacher or public safety is involved.
Shaffer will be allowed to conduct searches on students, their possessions and lockers if there is probable cause to do so. He also will submit monthly reports to the superintendent, building principals and to Bath’s chief of police that will include incident descriptions, student searches, arrests, citations and/or summonses issued and other referrals to the juvenile justice system, according to the memorandum.
Also at the meeting, the board approved hiring Danielle Starkey to serve as assistant principal at Revere Middle School. The contract will be for a two-year period retroactive to Aug. 1.
According to Boroff, Starkey was a middle school teacher in the Barberton City School District for more than 15 years.
“She comes with great credentials,” including having been named a Summit County Teacher of the Year in 2008, he said. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring her to Revere.”
The board will meet for its next regular meeting Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.
New agriculture-based school opening in September
WEST AKRON — The Next Frontier Academy is a new community school opening Sept. 16 at 1127 Copley Road. It is currently enrolling for grades seven through nine and will add one grade per year until reaching the 12th grade. Space is limited.
According to school officials, the Next Frontier Academy is an agriculture-based community school teaching real world skills through a “hands on” learning experience. According to school officials, careers associated with agriculture include farming, distribution, mechanics, education, scientists, engineering, biotechnology, resource management and more.
The Next Frontier Academy seeks students in grades seven through nine interested in a rigorous course of study that will provide the knowledge base necessary to make informed choices and be successful in life. As part of The Next Frontier Academy’s course work, students will be introduced to the world of work through the “Say Yes to Work” Program, which will teach students how to develop a stronger work ethic, and the Business Incubator Program, in which students will have the opportunity for mentoring, job shadowing and internships.
Ariel Hakim and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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