D.A.R.E barely stays afloat in Colonie

Superintendent of Schools for the South Colonie Central School District Jonathan Buhner said the district's decision to incorporate the presence of the officers into the district's program is "two-fold."

"First, I think it's really good to work closely with the community agencies because it's a partnership, and second, we are trying to make sure kids are successful as they grow up," he said.

When asked why not have teacher hall monitors, as North Colonie does, Buhner said the district does have some hall monitors, but that it goes back to the district wanting to build the bridge between them and the community.

"My belief is that it really helps kids get on track," he said.

In addition to these programs, Heider said the Colonie Police Department offers more than 100 programs in all of the schools in both districts, as well as an arrival/dismissal program, where police are present in the parking lots of the schools so that dangerous activity does not occur in the parking lots. ""

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