The Board of Education of the Shenendehowa Central School District has extended a contract that will allow the district’s two school resource officers to remain at the district for another year.
The board unanimously voted to extend the contract by a year earlier this week for Eric Muller and Mike Grigas, the two deputies in the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office who were selected to be stationed at the Shenendehowa Central School District as resource officers.
The both began their tenure at the start of last year. The new contract will run through June 30, 2020.
Shen had not had a resource officer in years, but in the wake of last year’s school shootings and a program through which the sheriff’s department and school districts will work together to provide resource officers to buildings, a number of deputies recently went through a training program to prepare them for the role.
Grigas has been with the sheriff’s office since 2000. Before that, he worked as an accountant and accounting clerk.
Muller has been with the sheriff’s office since 2005. He previously worked as a federal air marshal and a correction officer. He also serves in the National Guard.
Grigas and Muller serve all of Shen’s schools but were last year primarily located in the high school and the district’s three middle schools on school days, according to the school district. They also work at some after-school and extracurricular events.
The officers will remain employees of the sheriff’s office, and Shen will pay $144,826 for the year for the officers’ services.
The resource officers do not function in a disciplinary capacity but will serve as resources to students. The resource officers will also conduct anti-drug and anti-bullying programs throughout the year.
“It does indicate the level of acceptance of our school resource officer program,” school board President Bob Pressly said at Tuesday’s meeting.
Though there will not be any additional resource officers brought into the district for the next school year, District Superintendent Oliver Robinson confirmed to board members on Tuesday that the conversation is constantly open and ongoing.