School-Community Partnership a Success in Harrison

At the start of this school year the Harrison Central School District welcomed two new members to its learning community. As a result of a long-standing and collaborative partnership with the Town of Harrison and the Harrison Police Department, two additional School Resource Officers (SROs) joined our elementary schools. In addition to the SROs assigned to Harrison High School and Louis M. Klein Middle School, the District now has one SRO assigned to Harrison Avenue Elementary School and Parsons Memorial Elementary School and another SRO assigned to Purchase Elementary School and Samuel J. Preston Elementary School.

According to a statement from the Superintendent of Schools, Louis Wool, announcing the district’s partnership with the town and police department, “The Harrison Police Department has been an excellent community partner to our schools, with a regular presence on our campus, at after-school events, and during our safety drills. The addition of two SROs at the elementary schools will help build on this valued partnership.”

For many years officers at the high school and LMK have been valuable members of the school community and have established strong connections with students. That good work continues with Officer Joe Parello at Harrison High School and Officer Robbie Budde at LMK, where he also teaches DARE. The new officers at the elementary schools, Officer Frank Luongo at Preston and Purchase and Officer Mike Carelli at Harrison Avenue and Parsons, have quickly become integral members of the school communities they serve. According to the elementary principals, the SROs have made strong connections with students, parents, and staff, often greeting students as they arrive in the morning or getting to know them in the cafeteria and during recess.

The Harrison Central School District values the SRO program, and the officers’ commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of our children. When you see the SROs, please join us in welcoming them as valued members of our learning community!

*Photo and information courtesy of Highlights: A Publication of the Harrison Central School District


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