The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 21, 2014

Resource officer is win for Windber

JOHNSTOWN — Students in Windber Area School District likely won’t notice much of a difference in the police presence around them.

That’s because Windber Borough Council tentatively approved a deal with the school district to keep a school resource officer on the campus during the day and at special events at night.

The deal is similar to the expiring one with Paint Township and likely will result in the same person – resource Officer Amanda Tessari – continuing in the role.

That’s good news for students, teachers and parents in Windber.

In fact, it’s good news for the entire community.

We’ve seen far too many school shootings across the nation in recent years and we believe that having an officer in the school is a real deterrent. The fact that Windber will likely be able to keep the same officer after the transfer of officers from Paint Township to Windber Borough is just a bonus.

Windber Borough Councilman George Ledney told our David Hurst that the costs associated with having the resource officer on campus will be paid by the school district.

“This is something we all wanted to get done,” Ledney said.

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