Clio High School to add armed resource officer - WNEM TV 5

Clio High School to add armed resource officer

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CLIO, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan high school will be adding an armed officer to its roster.

Commissioner Mark Young confirmed the Genesee County Board of Commissioners gave the final approval Monday to add an armed school resource officer to Clio High School.

The addition stems from an increase in school threats across the country following the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Young said Clio School District and Vienna Township will be sharing the cost of the officer’s $52,646 salary for the rest of this year. His salary will increase to $90,000 a year after that.

An interim resource officer already works in the school, but the permanent officer could start as early as this week, Young said.

"We just felt that this was a step we needed to take to improve safety in our schools," Superintendent Fletcher Spears III said.

That's why the district hired Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Walker. Spears said Walker will do much more than simply provide security.

"They're an educator. They're a social worker. They're a facilitator. They're a parent when they need to be," Spears said.

Clio High School Principal Lisa Taylor said the benefits of having Walker in the school far out way the cost.

"It helps our students feel safer. It's nice to have just another set of eyes around our building," Taylor said.

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