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May 10, 2013

Butcher is honored for school safety plan

Newtown tragedy spurs action here

Somerset —

After the tragic events late last year in Newtown, Conn., Pulaski County Schools Superin-tendent Steve Butcher felt compelled to take action.
Action to make his schools safer — and the students in his care safer.
This week, Butcher was recog-nized for those actions with a prestigious honor. Butcher was named “Administrator of the Year” by the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO). 
The award will be presented to him during the Safe Schools and Communities Conference in Louis-ville, June 10-12.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for doing something good for our kids,” said Butcher. “I was selected over some other very worthy people. I’ve heard it was a pretty good field of nominees.”
The KYASRO awards recognize school personnel in the Bluegrass state that have helped promote the benefits of school resource officers — that is, law enforcement agents who maintain a constant, vigilant presence in school facilities — and contribute to overall school safety.
Butcher has made sure that all schools in the county system have school resource officers from local law enforcement on hand, and go through all safety procedures yearly with principals and staff. 
Deputies are in and out of all eight elementary schools at random times throughout the day. The two middle and two high schools have had police presence since 2005 through the Safety Resource Officer program, according to Pulaski.net, the school district’s website.
Pulaski County Schools went further, however, making sure the deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department had a home away from headquarters. Butcher told the Commonwealth Journal that the officers adopted elementary schools in outlying areas of the county, and were given a place to do their reports in some of the buildings.
The schools also agreed to feed the officers lunch at no cost.

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