School Safety Officers

Newton County School System Enhances Safety Measures with School Safety Officers
Posted on 06/21/2023
school safety officersThe Newton County School System is proud to announce a school safety initiative to enhance student safety. The school system will employ School Safety Officers to be assigned to the district’s 13 elementary schools and the Newton County STEAM Academy.

These highly trained individuals will be certified law enforcement officers, carefully selected for their expertise, professionalism, and dedication to fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment. Ms. Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of schools, stated, “Adding School Safety Officers at these schools is part of our ongoing commitment to providing comprehensive safety measures within the district.”

Dr. Michael Barr, chief operations officer for the school system, stated, “The primary focus of the School Safety Officers will be to promote conflict resolution, serve as mentors, and build positive relationships with our students. Building strong connections and fostering open lines of communication will help empower our students to address conflicts constructively and create a positive school climate. These officers will provide support, guidance, and promote responsible decision-making, ultimately creating a sense of belonging and trust within the school community.”

Barr added, “It is important to note the school system will continue partnering with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to provide School Resource Officers (SROs) at the middle and high schools. These experienced SROs have been instrumental in maintaining a safe and secure environment, and their presence will continue to benefit our students.”

The addition of School Safety Officers demonstrates an unwavering dedication to prioritizing the safety and well-being of every student. Fuhrey stated, “We believe fostering a supportive and secure educational environment is essential for learning.”