Lackawanna Trail’s new school resource officer is making a smooth introduction into the day-to-day operations throughout the district.
Members of the Trail School Board and administration provided glowing reports concerning Dalton Police Officer Tyler Hinkley’s performance on Monday.
Superintendent Matt Rakauskas explained that the district has contracted with the Dalton police to provide Hinkley’s services as a school resource officer.
Elementary Principal Brian Kearney reported that Hinkley was making the rounds on the first day of school, introducing himself to the students, giving high-fives, and accepting hugs.
Rakauskas later explained that this is the first time the district has had a full-time school resource officer. Previously, security was provided by Daralyn Carr, a probation officer from Wyoming County, who continues to serve at Trail.
The difference, Rakauskas said, is Hinkley is a police officer, trained as a school resource officer. Hinkley has the authority to perform arrests on school property, when necessary, in addition to providing security throughout the district.
The district has contracted with the Dalton Police to have someone at the elementary center or high school while Trail is in session.
Rakauskas reported that the first day of school went well throughout the district. He praised the efforts of Maintenance and Transportation Supervisor Rick Kordish for keeping things running smoothly.
High school principal Mark Murphy recommended that Trail re-incorporate the DARE program for fifth and sixth graders. The program was dropped in 2014.
The principal explained that in light of the opioid crisis and other problems, he believes it would provide the students with very beneficial information on how to deal with such situations.
No action was taken by the board on the request.
Trail Elementary Center Brian Kearney reported that the school’s PTO will launch a fund raiser on Sept. 17. The PTO will be selling coupon books, good for discounts at businesses primarily in Clarks Summit and Scranton.
Each year, Kearney said, the PTO provides about $27,000 used to fund field trips and other student activities.
In other business the board:
*Approved Michael Bluhm as the assistant varsity wrestling coach, at a stipend of $5,500 per year.
*Approved the hiring of Gertrude Billings, Genevieve Evans, Brenda Grunza, and Maureen Mahoney as school nurse substitutes.
*Approved the resignation of Chris Loman as the boys junior high basketball coach.
*Rescinded Jodi Rinehimer’s appointment as assistant marching band director and then approved her as the percussion arranger for the band at a rate of $2,175.
*Approved a list of school nurse substitutes to include Gertrude Billings, Genevieve Evans, Brenda Grunza, and Maureen Mahoney.