Sheriff’s letter to the editor
May 25, 2010
Editor, The Free Lance Star
616 Amelia Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
I want to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank Chairman D. M. “Maxie” Rozell and the Board of Supervisors for their recent efforts to ensure the safety and security of the children in our school system.
Until their efforts, appropriate funding for the deputies that work in and around our public schools had been cut. In these extremely trying economic times, every tax dollar must be spent wisely. With that said, the education of our children and their safety in our schools is of paramount concern to all of us.
I was very concerned about the loss of funding needed to keep the four school resource employees and instructors in their positions. The loss of school safety and security that comes without having on-site school resource officers, along with the loss of the DARE program and the high school criminal justice program concerned me not only as a law enforcement professional, but as a parent.
I am pleased that with help from the Board of Supervisors, funding was located for three of the four positions, and through some creative scheduling with Caroline High School Principal Dr. Harper Donahoe, all the aforementioned programs will continue. This will maintain a continued law enforcement presence in all levels of public education.
Please, my fellow Caroline County parents, grandparents and concerned citizens, take a moment to pass along your thanks to Chairman Rozell and the other Board Members who favored these vital School Resource Officers that protect the safety of our children, teachers, and administrators. When we are able to teach our children well and provide a safe learning environment, we insure the successful future of our community.
I remain respectfully yours,
A. A. “Tony” Lippa, Jr.