Fenwick High School has hired Fenwick alum James Sperandio, class of 1985, to serve as the school’s full-time resource officer.

Sperandio is a retired Oak Park police detective, where he served for 27 years, 19 as a detective.

“The safety and security of our students is our first and foremost priority at Fenwick,” Rev. Richard Peddicord, the school’s president, said in a press release. “They truly are our most valuable resource, and we need to do whatever it takes to protect them when they venture across our ‘moat and drawbridge’ from the secular world.”

He noted it is the school’s first resource officer on a full-time basis. Sperandio, known at Fenwick as Jimmy, has worked on a part-time basis at Fenwick for years, according to the school and has taught a non-credit class on “Street Law.”

Michael Romain

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