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Mr. Misso joins High School as School Resource Officer

A new face is bolstering safety efforts and bringing further security to Cato-Meridian High School.

At its January meeting, the district’s Board of Education approved adding a school resource officer for the high school and appointed law enforcement veteran Roger Misso to the position. Mr. Misso’s first day was Jan. 15.

A resident of nearby Red Creek, Mr. Misso’s responsibilities include patrolling inside and outside the building while working with district personnel on safety planning and educating students.

 “I’m here to help ensure safety and security for everyone at the high school,” Mr. Misso said. “I plan to be a resource for the administration while preparing students for success in life.”

Mr. Misso retired in May from the New York State Police as a Sergeant after a 29-year career on the force. He worked out of Troop E, spending time in Auburn — which he says helped him come to the district with a strong knowledge of its schools and community.

In addition to serving with the State Police, Mr. Misso put in 27.5 years in the Army National Guard, including a tour in Afghanistan from 2008-09. He retired in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Cato-Meridian Superintendent Terry Ward said he was pleased to have Roger Misso on board and emphasized the importance of safety in schools.

“Safety is always of paramount concern, and Mr. Misso helps us take another step in ensuring that our students and staff are in the safest environment possible,” said Ward.

High School Principal Danielle Mahoney echoed those sentiments, saying she is “thrilled” to have Mr. Misso on board.

“He already has several connections with staff and parents,” said Mahoney. “We look forward to the positive rapport he will undoubtedly establish with our students and school community.”

Mr. Misso is Cato-Meridian’s second school resource officer, joining Mark Lovell — who oversees the elementary and middle school.

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