Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools Missing Student Resource Officer Due to ‘Miscommunication’

NEWTON FALLS, OH (WKBN) — The Newton Falls Liberated Village Schools do not currently have a full-time Student Resource Officer.

In a statement released Tuesday, the county says it was a misunderstanding. But village officials say Acting Superintendent Justin Christopher did not notify the Board of Education of the SRO employee’s pay increase.

Prior to the dissolution of the Newton Falls Police Department in January, the village of Newton Falls was still paying a welfare package. Now the school district is responsible.

“The village seemed to believe there was a verbal agreement that we would pay a higher SRO cost, however this was never agreed upon,” Christopher said in a statement to First News.

However, Newton Falls city manager Pam Priddy provided emails to First News showing that the village did tell Christopher about the rate increase.

“I feel like he dropped the ball and didn’t present it to the blackboard,” Priddy said. “I’m not in charge of the school district – I’m in charge of the village of Newton Falls.”

Trumbull County sheriff’s deputies patrol the campus with periodic rounds.

The Newton Falls School Board will meet this Wednesday at 7:00 pm. in the elementary high school building to discuss the situation with the School Resource Officer.

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