By Leeann Akers - Managing Editor
June 28, 2012 — The City Council approved a plan for Grayson Police to serve as School Resource Officers (SRO) at East Carter High School on Thursday night.
The motion, which was made by Duane Suttles, will allow Mayor George Steele to present numbers and some ideas to the Carter County Board of Education during their special meeting on Friday night.
During the hour- long meeting, the City Council discussed if taking over the responsibility was a good idea.
“It is more reasonable for the students and faculty for us to have the SRO,” Det. Sgt. Travis Steele told the Council. “I can’t speak for you or for the department, but I can say we have had some talks about how we might alleviate some problems that came up in the past.”
Steele argued that Grayson Police are the first to arrive on the scene in an emergency, and having their own people there would be beneficial in those situations.
Mayor George Steele presented some salary numbers to the Council before the vote. With those figures, he proposed that Grayson Police would hire a new officer to serve as the SRO. Paying a competitive hourly rate to the City for 10 months of the year, the Board would pay roughly $45,000 ($4,500 per month) for the new officer.
The City would be responsible for paying the new officer’s salary for the remaining two months of each year.
One possibility would put different officers in the school on a rotating schedule, allowing the entire department to share the responsibility. Traditionally, one SRO officer has been assigned to the duty.
The Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Central office.