By Max Hrenda
After spending the past several months discussing potential upgrades to school security, next week, the Carter County Schools system will finally receive the help that several board members and administrators have advocated.
On Monday afternoon, during a workshop held by the Carter County Board of Education, Sheriff Chris Mathes told board members that he would have three additional school resource officers ready to work by Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Currently, the sheriff’s department employs six SROs to cover the system’s 15 schools. To expedite the process of adding SROs to the system, Mathes said he would transfer three of his existing officers to serve as SROs.
“I’m going to pull from three areas in my department,” Mathes said. “You’d have three actually in the schools next week.”
In July, Carter County received a state grant of $301,000 to specifically address concerns with school security. Because of restrictions in his budget, however, Mathes said that funding the SROs – and all the costs associated with them – would rely exclusively on that grant money.