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Skaneateles school board approves hiring security officers

Security officers familiar with the Skaneateles Central School District will be coming back to school grounds — at least for a time.

The district's board of education opted to reinstate retired New York state troopers James O'Brien and Aileen Sherman at a meeting Tuesday night. The two are set to be with the district from the beginning of the school year to Dec. 31.

Board vice president Julie Abbott-Kenan said keeping the officers until December was recommended by the district's Safe Schools Community Advisory Committee, which gave safety recommendations to the district. Abbott-Kenan said this allows the committee to vet further information in the meantime. She stressed that the district could choose to keep the retain the positions through the end of the school year. The district also approved a committee recommendation that training from the I love U Guys Foundation, a school safety organization, be designated as the district's main emergency situation training.

O'Brien and Sherman were originally brought aboard in April to work part-time until the end of the 2017-2018 school year. A total of $60,000 is budgeted for their salaries. They were also authorized to carry a firearm and pepper spray, as long as they are licensed to do so.

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