Madison County High School is a step closer to perhaps having an on-campus officer patrolling its hallways.
Superintendent Mitch McGhee received a proposal recently from sheriff Kip Thomas for a school resource officer funded through sheriff’s department money.
The Madison County Board of Education (BOE) will likely make a decision on the matter at next month’s meeting.
McGhee shared the proposal with the BOE Feb. 9, the same day he received it.
Though he hadn’t had time to study it extensively, McGhee said, “as far as the quick read goes, it’s pretty good.”
The only expense to the school system would be providing the officer with an office space, desk, phone and computer.
A law enforcement officer must undergo special training to serve as a school resource officer, and McGhee said he’s heard that an officer would be certified by July and ready for the 2010-2011 school year.
McGhee said he’d ask the school board to vote on the matter next month, so he can sign the agreement.
“If we want to go forward with this, we need to start making plans,” McGhee said.
THIS WILL ADD TO THE SCHOOL BUDGET. THINK WHAT THE SALARY AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS FOR THIS OFFICER WILL BE. I LIVE IN JACKSON COUNTY, AND IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY. THEY AMOUNT TO NOTHING. CHILDREN STILL FIGHT WHILE THESE OFFICERS STAND AROUND AND LAUGH ABOUT IT. I HOPE MADISON COUNTY DON'T WASTE TAXPAYERS MONEY ON THIS NONSENSE.
How is Skip gonna pull even another Deputy off the road . A few months ago Skip was begging for millions of dollars and additional officers . People somebody is going to get really bad hurt if Skip is allowed to continue to distroy this department . Call your representative and at least try to help the citizens of this county restore civilized law enforcement .... Mark Jerome does not have the experience to handle our school children ..
Ya'll voted for him! Well, atleast 1/2 of the county did.
never change again
02/26/10 at 09:39 PM
kip ran with this in mind. we put him in office because he said that he was going to do this. what the hell are you gonna do, vote the loser clayton lowe back in. give me a break this is what i voted for.as far as mark jerome goes, well........ good ol clayton lowe hired him and if he is the one that kip has chosen i have faith in his decision.