Wauwatosa School District hires school security officer
Retired officer will coordinate various safety programs
The Wauwatosa School District has hired retired police officer Dale Weiss as its district school safety coordinator.
Superintendent Phil Ertl said the new position grew out of board member interviews with students and surveys with staff and comunity members on safety-related issues.
Hiring a professional will allow the district to consolidate various school safety and security jobs that have been handled on a piecemeal basis, he said.
"The idea is to accelerate the efforts by having Dale take the leadership role," Ertl said. "The main course of action would start with the districtwide safety committee."
The job description lists a lot of responsibilities, Ertl said, and priorities will be drawn from the surveys received by the district.
Ertl said school safety and security can mean a lot of different things, from safety in science classrooms to bullying behavior and building security.
"The ability to have one person lead that effort — I think we're going to see accelerated results," he said.
Weiss began his new job this week.
Weiss is a recently retired 30-year veteran of the Wauwatosa Police Department. He said he had variety of responsibilities over the years, most recently in the community support division.
Weiss said he has a familiarity with the school resource officer program, as he helped expand it from a single officer to four.
"I think I'm well-versed in doing this," he said, "and as Dr. Ertl pointed out, I think there is an importance to coordinating all these activities under one umbrella.
"I think you will see a difference in a couple of months."
Weiss will be paid $50,000 for half-time work. Of that, $40,000 will come from the district, and $10,000 will be from grant money pursued by Weiss, Ertl said.
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