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District Partners With Sheriff For School Resource Deputy

Deputy Melanie Hopper (Madera County Sheriff’s Office photo)

OAKHURST — Yosemite Unified School District (YUSD) announced they are partnering with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office on a grant opportunity that will bring more support to local students.

Thanks to funding made available through the Proposition 56 Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office is providing YUSD with a full-time School Resource Deputy (SRD) for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.

The district’s school resource officer is Deputy Melanie Hopper, who comes to the area with one-and-a-half years’ law enforcement experience. Deputy Hopper will be working with district administrators on the development and implementation of strategies to prevent and/or minimize dangerous situations, the district says, in addition to assisting with educational activities related to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and violence.

Deputy Hopper will also be participating on the district’s School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

According to the district, Deputy Hopper is enthusiastic to begin this school year as the School Resource Deputy for YUSD, and excited and honored to be a part of the team. Deputy Hopper is looking forward to getting to know the students of YUSD.

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