Centennial High School’s School Resource Officer, David Fernandez, from the Peoria Police Department, was recently selected to receive the Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter and Peoria Unified Superintendent Dr. Denton Santarelli, among many others, surprised Officer Fernandez at Centennial High School by announcing his national recognition on May 23. Video footage of the surprise award is available on the district’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/PUSDOfficialChannel.
Peoria Unified worked collaboratively with the Peoria Police Department, staff, parents and students to secure dozens of letters of support, recognizing Officer Fernandez for his contributions to the school and community. He was nominated for this award in April 2016, without his knowledge.
NASRO estimates that there are more than 14,000 School Resource Officers nationwide. Fernandez has served as the School Resource Officer at Centennial High School since August 2011. He will be honored at the 2016 NASRO School Safety Conference in July in Anaheim, California.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate.
Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school district’s in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.