McGuffey adds two armed police officers

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Two additional police officers for McGuffey School District were hired at the school board meeting Thursday night.


The officers will be armed, as is the district’s current officer.


Superintendent Beverly Arbore said the board’s vote to hire the two additional officers was unanimous. Parents had been notified of the board’s intent in the district’s February newsletter.


Jeffrey Seeley and Robert Leibhart will each be paid $35,000 a year. They will work an 8-hour day for the remainder of the school year.


They join Roger Szuminsky, who functions as chief of police for the district, Arbore said.


The new officers enable the district to provide security at Joe Walker and Claysville elementary schools. Szuminsky had been stationed at the high school and worked at the elementary schools when needed.


The school officers are certified to carry firearms under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and Pennsylvania Constable Act 49.


Earlier this month, state Trooper Joseph Christy addressed the staff on additional school safety and security practices.


Arbore said the district had focused on school security even before the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.


Among safeguards that have been addressed are procedures on locking down the buildings, having security cameras in place in the schools and school buses, replacing some glass door panels, requiring staff to wear photo identification cards and installation of a keycard entry system.


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