YORK – York Central Schools announced Thursday that Deputy Rebecca Kane will be staying on as School Resource Officer.
The announcement came in a joint press release from York Central School District and Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty. The BOE called an emergency meeting on June 6 before an executive session to consider replacing her with another Deputy.
“After a thorough investigation of all the information related to the School Resource Officer position, including conversations with multiple stakeholders, the Sheriff and York Central School District have decided to continue the relationship and agreement that is now in effect,” said the release. “The current officer assigned to York Central School will remain in place at this time. To ensure that the School Resource Officer position is the most effective it can be for all parties involved, the school and the Sheriff’s Office will work together on implementing new expectations and
More than 100 community members came to that emergency meeting to give their heartfelt support for Kane and express their confusion as to why the BOE was even considering her removal.
“I spent 12 years at this school and if I knew that one person cared about me during my time at York, it was Deputy Kane,” said a recent graduate of York Central School, wishing to only be identified as Anthony, at the meeting. “The reason I say that is because my middle and high school years weren’t the easiest. I dealt with many issues, bullying, being lonesome. I am here in support of her because she was always there in support of me, no matter what. She’s in support of everyone, and you see these people with signs, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with one grief or gripe with Deputy Kane.”
An online petition to keep Kane as SRO had 192 signatures as of 7 p.m. Thursday.
York Central School students came to the meeting with signs and t-shirts that said ‘We Love Deputy Kane’ and ‘Keep Deputy Kane at York Central School.”
BOE President Joseph Graves, Superintendent Dr. Daniel Murray, District Clerk Heidi Newcomb, BOE Vide President Steve Beardsley, and BOE members Thomas Gates Jr., David Sperino, Bob Smith, Marilyn Moore, and Glenda VanRy heard the attendees’ comments at the meeting.