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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • SROs approved by Ardmore schools

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  • If approved by the Ardmore City Commission, Ardmore City Schools will have two new school resource officers.
    The SRO is a member of the Ardmore Police Department, and is funded through the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation.
    Two officers are being selected to replace Cpl. Barry Antwine, who was reassigned pending an investigation into a Wagoner County deferred prosecution case that charged him with sex crimes.
    The board of education approved their selections at a special meeting Wednesday.
    Pending approval by the city commissioners, Senior Cpl. John Randolph is recommended for the high school, and Sgt. Ruben Garcia is recommended for the middle school. Both officers will also assist with covering the district's four elementary sites.
    "We're excited to have you on board. This may be the first time we've had two officers," board president Willie Tiller told the officers.
    Both officers were interviewed by the principals at the sites they will serve.
    "I asked him why he wanted to come chase kids all day, and he said it's a great way to end his career and impact young people," said high school principal Kim Holland about Randolph. "I was tickled to death after interviewing him."
    Garcia is already a familiar face at Ardmore Middle School.
    "He is the perfect person for Ardmore Middle School," said principal Cindy Huddleston. "He's had children there forever, and has gone above and beyond as both a parent and as a police officer."
    The board also approved two resolutions which finalize the Carter County Public Facilities Authority incurring the indebtedness of the district's bond issue. Because of these agreements, the district will receive all funds at once, thereby speeding up the timetable for the construction projects. The authority, which is made up of county commissioners, approved incurring the indebtedness in July.

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