Virginia school district approves 4 new security officers for 2019-2020


By Jessica Davis

Williamsburg-James City County schools have approved an additional four new security officer positions in the district for the 2019-2020 school budget, according to district spokeswoman Eileen Cox.

“You’ll have another adult in the building who is creating relationships with students,” Cox said. “Having someone focused on building those relationships and creating a comfortable environment where students know that there is a trusted adult is important.”

In addition, school security officer salaries come from the school’s budget. According to Cox, each officer works about 190 days a year, with a salary ranging from $23,620 to $37,772.

Another important distinction is that school security officers emphasize building connections with students.

“With school security officers… there’s curriculum and training that focuses far more on relationship building and getting the repertoire with students,” said James Christian, K-12 school safety coordinator with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. “Each school might utilize them differently but they’re there for everything from addressing student conduct issues to assisting school administrators.”

A security officer is on campus at all times, which provides one more person to walk the building, check hallways and promote operational safety, Cox said.

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