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Board talks funding for school officer

Published 11:25am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education continued to move forward on plans to add a resource officer for each of its schools.

During Monday’s board meeting, Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Joe Windle said the board has reached an agreement to split funding of another resource officer with the city of Dadeville.

“We have solidified that agreement and at the next board meeting we should have a memorandum of agreement on the funding for it,” Windle said. “It will cost us about $21,000-$22,000 a year as we pay our half of the salary, benefits and training for the individual.”

The resource officer co-funded by the board and the city of Dadeville will work the Dadeville schools.

“He is already on the Dadeville City Police force. He will be going to school resource officer training during the summer in the next month,” Windle said. “We’re excited about that. We were able to partner with the mayor and council to split that resource officer funding.”

Tallapoosa County Schools already have a resource officer at Horseshoe Bend School and are looking to add another at Reeltown High School through a grant applied for by Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett.

Windle said the goal is to have a resource officer at each school, especially to decrease response time.

Windle added steps have already been taken to potentially partner with the Tallapoosa Coutny Commission in the event that a resource officer is not awarded through the grant.

“If we do not get grant approval for the officer, we have begun to have dialogue with the commission to partner with the county commission to split the cost of one,” Windle said.

During Monday’s meeting, the board also moved to table a vote on approving the child nutrition policy reviewed last month.

The board tabled the vote in order to examine the feasibility of a $500,000 liability required by the policy.

The board’s next meeting will be Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. in the Tallapoosa County Extension office.

 

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