Updated Wed, Jul 31, 2013 12:15 pm
Nelsonville-York City Schools will be the first district in the county to have an armed school resource officer at the start of the school year.
Superintendent Mick McClelland and Sheriff Pat Kelly announced the hiring of Duane Covert Wednesday.
"The role of the school resource officer is to be a positive role model for students while establishing and maintaining a close partnership with school administrators in order to provide for a safe school environment and provide law enforcement services to the district," Kelly said.
Covert is a veteran of the Nelsonville Police Department, a 1981 Nelsonville-York graduate and active in the Nelsonville-York football program for the past 12 years.
"Having a resource officer provides another level of safety for the school, staff and students," McClelIand said. "I look forward to working with Mr. Covert. He brings experience and knowledge of the community which is an asset in the position."
Covert will start on August 16th