The Coffee County Board of Education approved hiring a fourth school resource officer for the system at a special called meeting on June 26.
“I believe that the best security measure we can have on any of our campuses is to have a certified school resource officer on our campuses at all times,” Coffee County Schools Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth said at the work session before the meeting.
The addition of a fourth SRO means that every school within the system will have its own full-time SRO.
“It gives the teachers, the students (and) the principal a real sense of security when they have that school resource officer there and they are part of the staff,” Killingsworth said. “They know the kids, they eat with the kids, they talk to the kids, they meet with the kids, they talk with the teachers (and) they see things when they’re out and about that we can’t always see as administrators. So I think it’s real important that we do that for our kids and have a school resource officer at every school.”
The Coffee County Commission approved the contract for the school resource officer at its regularly scheduled June 24 meeting.
In other business, the board awarded a bid for bread and grain items for the 2019-2020 school year to Flowers Bakery for $26,120.
The next Coffee County Board of Education meeting will be July 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the main office in Elba. The meeting is open to the public.