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Donation helps fund school resource officer in Poland

January 17, 2014
The Town Crier

NiSource Midstream Services last week presented a $15,000 grant to Poland Township and the Poland School District to aid in the funding of a Poland Township Police Officer, or Resource Officer.

The presentation took place at the Poland Township Trustees meeting by representatives of NiSource Midstream Services. The Poland Township Trustees and representatives of the Poland School District were on hand to accept the contribution, which was made possible through the NiSource Charitable Foundation, an entity created to support and build strong and sustainable communities. NiSource Midstream Services is a part of NiSources Columbia Pipeline Group.

The Resource Officer will provide daily service to the school, offering immediate response to the schools and acting as a first responder when critical incidents occur. Additionally, the officer will participate in school-in-service training for students and staff and work to heighten student awareness and educate the community in the need for school resource officers and the importance of crime prevention. The officer's daily presence will also be a key component to safety in the schools.

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NiSource Midstream Services last week presented a $15,000 grant to Poland Township and the Poland School District to aid in the funding of a Poland Township Police Officer, or Resource Officer. Pictured from left are: Police Chief Brian Goodin; Trustee Robert Lidle; Sarah Barczyk, NiSource Midstream Services; School Resource Officer Steve Kent; Trustee Eric Ungaro, Trustee Joanne Wollett, School Superintendent David Janofa and school board member Beau Weaver.

David Janofa, Poland School District superintendent, said that the donation will help to offset the cost to the school district as well as the township.

"The school resource officer program is a collaborative effort by police officers, educators, and the community to offer educational programs in the schools, reduce crime, drug abuse and violence - all of which contribute to a safe school environment," Janofa said. "We are very delighted to receive this donation from NiSource Midstream Services, which will help us to ensure that the children of Poland Township and the surrounding areas remain safe and are able to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens."

Poland Township Trustee Eric Ungaro, who is also an educator in the community, stressed the importance of donations such as this one.

"The current economic situation has caused the funding for school resource officers to be cut," Ungaro said. "Schools and communities are hard-pressed to fund this crucial position on their own. On behalf of both the school district and the township, I offer my sincere thanks to NiSource Midstream for their generosity and support."

NiSource Midstream Services is in the process of constructing the Hickory Bend Gathering System and processing plant in Mahoning County on behalf of Pennant Midstream, LLC (Pennant). Pennant is a joint venture between NiSource and Harvest Pipeline Company (an affiliate of Hilcorp Energy Company). The facility is part of a $375 million dollar investment in the area.

Chad Zamarin, NiSource Midstream Services chief operating officer and Pennant president, emphasized the importance of giving back to local communities. "At NiSource, we have been a part of the Ohio community for over a century through our Columbia Gas companies, and we consider the areas where we build and work our home. We are especially pleased to support the younger generation in an effort to foster their safety and development, and we are happy to be able to give back to Poland Township and its children."



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