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Hopewell-Loudon to welcome student resource officer Monday

BASCOM — A student resource officer is to join the Hopewell-Loudon Local School District team.

Hopewell-Loudon is the first school in Seneca County to have a student resource officer in collaboration with Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, according to its website.

Deputy Deker Kneeskern of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is to start as the district’s student resource officer on Monday.

Kneeskern attended Columbian High School, Tiffin University and Terra State Community College’s police academy and has several years of experience as a road deputy.

Capt. David Pahl of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said officials put out a posting for the position at the office and went through the qualified candidates. Hopewell-Loudon interviewed everyone, he said.

“They chose Deker,” he said.

“We interviewed Deker back in November and we were truly impressed with his professionalism, his resumé, and his demeanor,” a statement by Hopewell-Loudon Superintendent Jeffrey Holbrook on the school’s website says.

Kneeskern is to have an office in a centralized location in the building and is to be visible outside the building before and after school, in hallways when classes are changing, in the auditeria and during recess, according to the school’s website.

He is able to do traffic control in front of the building and in parking lots.

According to the district, no general fund money is to be spent on the effort this year or next year.

There is to be a cost-sharing initiative with the school – through the use of funds through House Bill 166, Student Wellness and Success – and the sheriff’s office, according to the district.

There also is a possibility for Ohio Attorney General’s Drug Use Prevention Grant for 2020-2021 to offset costs even more, according to the district.

Pahl said the partnership is a learning experience for the district and the sheriff’s office, and he is looking for good things to come out of it.

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