KEYSER - The Keyser Middle School campus will have a Prevention Resource Officer beginning in the 2020-2021 school year thanks to Step 5 funding from the state of West Virginia.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser Middle School campus will have a Prevention Resource Officer beginning in the 2020-2021 school year thanks to Step 5 funding from the state of West Virginia.
The Mineral County Board of Education unanimously approved the position Tuesday, noting that the officer would be stationed at KMS but would also be available at Keyser Primary, the Mineral County Technical Center, and the Alternative School.
Board member Terry Puffinburger made the motion to approve the position and Rob Woy seconded it.
Noting that “we don’t pay PRO officers out of our payroll,” superintendent Troy Ravenscroft said the $70,000 position would be funded out of the state Step 5 money which the council is slated to receive.
Ravenscroft also explained that approval was being sought now so there would be time enough for the officer to receive the proper training.
“We will work with the (Mineral County) sheriff to get the proper training,” he said.
The addition of the KMS PRO officer will bring to three the number of trained officers in Mineral County Schools, with one stationed at Keyser High School and one at Frankfort High.