ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Board of Education’s contract with the sheriff’s office for providing school resource officers (SROs) was tweaked earlier this month to ensure that any vacancies that arise aren’t left open for long.
Six new positions including five SROs and a supervisor are funded in the proposed 2013-14 Hawkins County budget, which comes up for a vote before the County Commission Monday night. Schools are paying for one of those SROs.
The BOE approved the SRO contract with the sheriff’s office during its Sept. 5 meeting, but not before eliminating a clause which gave the sheriff 30 school days to replace SROs who leave their post.
The original contract draft stated, “In the event of a resignation, dismissal or reassignment of an SRO, the sheriff shall provide a temporary replacement for the SRO within 30 days of receiving notice of such action, dismissal, resignation or reassignment.”
Board member Chris Christian said, “We would need a temporary replacement within one school day. If word gets out, hey the SRO quit, then some nut-job comes up there.”
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