By: Melodie Phelps, News Editor for The Outlook
It's a need that Wayne County Superintendent Wayne Roberts and the school board plans to meet for the next school year—the addition of another School Resource Officer on campus.
During a meeting of the board held on Tuesday, July 10, Roberts talked with board members about the efforts to add a second School Resource Officer to the district. He has spoken with Sheriff Tim Catron and the process is underway.
At this time, the district has one School Resource Officer who is primarily based at the high school. The officer is a deputy and serves under Sheriff Tim Catron. The district and the county share the cost for the School Resource Officer.
The sheriff's department provides the equipment, uniform, vehicle and related expenses. Roberts said a second officer would be primarily based at the middle school, but both officers would serve schools throughout the district. He stated that no financial arrangements had been made at this point, but added that the cost of adding the officer would not deter the district from taking that action.
Catron stated that he is currently in the process of taking applications for a certified officer who has already completed training.
No timeline has been set for hiring a second School Resource Officer.
In other action, the board approved the Student Code of Conduct for the new school year. There were no changes to the document, but action is required annually by the school board.
Board members reviewed bids for several items of surplus property that had been advertised for sale. The highest bids for a pedestal grinder, a drill press and an industrial sewing machine were awarded to the respective buyers.
During the meeting, the board:
• Approved a pay application in the amount of $193,247.44 for the
Area Career and Technology Center project.
• Approved the amended salary schedule for the district.
• Approved a memorandum of understanding with the FRYSC Corps for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps program.