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County could be interested in supporting school resource officer

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By Shannon Brock

The Spencer County Fiscal Court will ask Superintendent Chuck Adams and the Spencer County Board of Education if they are interested in partnering to fund a school resource officer from the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department.
The Fiscal Court voted 5-1 Monday morning to voluntarily enter into discussions with the school district.
Judge-Executive Bill Karrer was the lone dissenting vote, stating that the district needs to determine its own needs.
Since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., at Sandy Hook Elementary School, school districts across the nation have been discussing school safety.
Currently, Spencer County Schools are in talks with the Taylorsville Police Department and the City Commission about the possibility of partnering to provide a school resource officer, though no official discussion had occurred between the school board and the county.
During the time allotted for comments from magistrates at Monday’s meeting, Magistrate Jerry Davis launched the conversation by making a motion to enter into talks with the schools on a school resource officer.
Before any further discussion could take place a second was needed and provided by Magistrate Hobert Judd.
“At this time, the schools have not approached me or the sheriff,” Karrer said.
Stump confirmed that he hadn’t been approached either.
This prompted Davis to rescind his motion and make another one that the court “voluntarily enter into talks with the schools about a resource officer.” This time, the motion was seconded by Magistrate Mike Moody.
“I think we need to wait until we’ve heard from them,” Magistrate David Goodlett said.
Karrer agreed.
“They’re the ones that need to determine their need and their wants,” Karrer said.
Judd said that didn’t mean the county couldn’t inquire as to whether the district wanted the county to be involved.
“We can let them know we’re interested,” Judd said.
Davis, who was familiar with the current discussions between the city and the district, noted that the proposed plan to the city is that the school district would pay for an officer’s salary for the 172 days in a school year and the city would cover the remaining 88 workdays in a year.
“It would be a full-time position,” Karrer said. “You would need five if you had one at each school, but if they had two, I guess they could circulate.”
Currently, the city’s plan includes one full-time officer who would rotate among the county schools with no set schedule, but mainly focusing on the middle and high schools.
Magistrate Woodie Cheek asked how the discussions between the schools and the city began, to which Davis replied a city commissioner made the suggestion.
Davis’ motion passed with a 5-1 vote with Judd, Moody, Goodlett, Davis and Cheek voting in favor and Karrer voting against.