EXETER -- There’s a new lawman in town in the Wyoming Area School District — and he’s a school board member’s brother.
Christopher Alberigi was hired Tuesday to serve as full-time school police officer. Board members confirmed Alberigi is the brother of board member Dave Alberigi, who abstained from voting and made no comment on the appointment.
Superintendent Ray Bernardi said the district needed alternative police protection after the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department declined to continue providing that service.
Bernardi said Alberigi will be a full-time employee with benefits at a salary yet to be determined.
He said Alberigi’s salary and the salary of Sam Agolino, who was hired as a part-time safety and security officer, will come from the amount budgeted previously for the sheriff’s services. Agolino will work about 15 hours per week at $15 per hour, Bernardi said.
Board member Estelle Campenni noted there were two applicants for the police officer’s job.
The second applicant was not identified. Agolino was the only applicant for the safety officer post, she said.
Bernardi said the district will apply for the necessary authority for Alberigi to make arrests and perform other police functions.
By having its own police force, the district will be eligible for state grant money to help offset the position’s salary, board member John LaNunziata noted.
West Wyoming Mayor Joe Herbert said he attended the meeting because of Alberigi, who currently works as a part-time police officer in West Wyoming borough and several other municipalities.
“It’s bittersweet for me,” Herbert said, “because he’s an excellent police officer… he has an excellent demeanor for this position.”
In other business, the board approved a one-year extension of the existing articles of agreement for the West Side Career and Technical Center. The extension was one of several options proposed to resolve a conflict over representation on the tech school’s joint operating committee. It must also be approved by the school’s other four member districts. At least one — Dallas — has already approved the extension.