Ward: Time to work out details on SROs

10:00 am | July 30, 2013

It’s about safety.

Photo by Danny DavisDirector of Schools Kevin Ward reviews the budget for the Carter County Schools system during Monday's workshop. Although the state granted the system $301,000 for funding school security measures, Ward wanted to wait until Sheriff Chris Mathes could address the board about hiring school resource officers.

Photo by Danny Davis
Director of Schools Kevin Ward reviews the budget for the Carter County Schools system during Monday’s workshop. Although the state granted the system $301,000 for funding school security measures, Ward wanted to wait until Sheriff Chris Mathes could address the board about hiring school resource officers.

Period.

Although the county school board’s workshop covered everything from fund allocations for maintenance uniforms to a state-requested bullying policy, Director of Schools Kevin Ward said he and the board consider safety to be their top priority.

“First and foremost, we have to provide safe and secure schools for education to continue,” Ward said.

The Carter County Board of Education was updated on several safety and security additions to the Carter County Schools system during the Monday afternoon workshop.

Predominant among those additions was the inclusion of more than $300,000 in state funding specifically for school security. Ward said he expected to give most or all of that money to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department to fund the hiring, training, and placement of additional school resource officers, or SROs, within the system.

“We’ve got $301,000 from the state for security,” Ward said. “Now, we’ve got to take that money and break it down to operable (officers).”

The sheriff’s department now employs six SROs to cover 15 schools, with one stationed at each of the system’s high schools.

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