The Ohio School Resource Officer Association honored Glenwood Junior High Principal Bart Smith on June 27 at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin, near Columbus.
Principal Smith is this year’s winner of OSROA’S Distinguished School Service Award. The award is given to an administrator, teacher or staff member who supports a safe and positive learning environment and has made efforts to improve school safety. Smith was chosen from a field of nominations as the statewide winner.
Glenwood School Resource Officer Phil Merlo nominated Principal Smith for the award. Officer Merlo calls Smith a “proactive administrator” who looks beyond the obvious warning signs and signals students may display to find ways to help.
The following is an excerpt from Officer Merlo’s nomination letter:
“ Bart makes it a point to initiate and conduct home visits with me to check on students who are truant or experiencing different types of trauma and/or family issues outside of school which may be affecting their ability to function in the school setting.
As a result of these visits, we have assisted numerous students and their families in acquiring beneficial services through our ‘Early Warning System’ in conjunction with the juvenile court to include counseling, drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs, financial assistance and mentoring groups.”
Officer Merlo also credits Principal Smith for increased building safety, calling him “instrumental in obtaining our new security camera system and ‘man trap’ at the main entrance. ”