American energy company CONSOL Energy Inc. has announced that it will fund the salary of a new School Resource Officer at West Greene School District, located in rural Greene County, Pennsylvania, over the next three years. West Greene will use the donation to hire an officer for the safety and security of the students, teachers, and staff at the school's campus.
"Words can't express how proud we are to assist West Greene with their implementation of a school resource officer," said President and CEO at CONSOL, Jimmy Brock. He added: "At the mines, our number one core value is safety, so this partnership is fitting because nothing is more important than the safety of our kids and families."
According to the energy giant which has interests in coal and natural gas production, in addition to serving as a deterrent and acting as the first line of defense in the event of an incident, the officer will conduct drug and alcohol education as well as implementing enhanced safety policies and initiatives.
"As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure students' safety and wellbeing for the duration of the time they are entrusted to us by their parents," said West Greene Academic Director, Jed Hamberger. "Recent news events pertaining to school safety have increased the demand to provide school security officials and made it a top priority for West Greene School District. This partnership with CONSOL will create a safer school environment when doing so would otherwise create a financial burden to our district."
A significant portion of CONSOL Energy's Pennsylvania Mining Complex falls within the boundaries of West Greene School District, an area encompassing 256 square miles across the nine westernmost townships of Greene County. "We live here, work here, and care deeply about this community," stated Brock. "I'm confident that we can continue to provide the resources to power the world and better our communities for years to come."
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