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October 16, 2008

Northern Cambria hires school resource officer

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Nearly two months after Northern Cambria School District’s school resource officer resigned for other employment, the borough has approved hiring Officer Amanda Fox to fill the post.

Council accepted former Officer Steve Cummins’ resignation last month and authorized a search for an SRO. The position is part of a federal COPS in Schools grant that is in its final year.

Fox was employed as a part-time police officer in the borough before council approved hiring her for the $23,000 full-time position that includes benefits.

Northern Cambria School District Superintendent Thomas Estep said Fox had been on the job unofficially since Cummins left when the 2008-09 school year started.

“(Fox) has been serving as the SRO for quite some time,” Estep said. “The district is pleased with her.”

Fox’s duties include being on site during school hours at all of the district’s campuses, directing morning and afternoon bus traffic, supervising safety, anti-drug and -alcohol programs, and monitoring truancy.

Mayor Gennaro Cantalupo, who is in charge of the borough’s police department and just retired as the district’s longtime high school librarian, said Fox was a good choice.

“(Fox) is an outstanding police officer, and her personality will be a good fit with the students,” Cantalupo said.

While the program is scheduled to end at the close of this school year, Cantalupo is hopeful the borough and district will continue to provide an SRO.

“As mayor, I want this program continued as far as we can go,” Cantalupo said. “It’s not expensive when it comes to your child’s safety, and I’m for it all the way.”

A federal grant funded the first three years of the four-year program. The borough, district and neighboring Barr and Susquehanna townships each contributed funds to finance the fourth year.

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