Board of Education, Sheriff's Office Work Together To Increase Safety
Moriah Peterson, story:
School safety is being increased this year thanks to a joint effort from the Edmonson County School Board and the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office. According to school superintendent Patrick Waddell, he recently met with Sheriff Shane Doyle to talk about the possibilities of increasing school safety. After discussion and research, both he and Sheriff Doyle felt confident that funding could be found and that school safety could be increased.
Thanks to funding from Title IV Part A, a student support and academic enrichment federal grant, which is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office will be able to provide an additional school resource officer one day a week to serve at South Edmonson Elementary, Kyrock Elementary and the 5/6 Center. This will be in addition to the school's current full-time resource officer at ECHS and ECMS, Chief Deputy Jeff Brooks.
“Having school resource officers in our schools is the biggest deterrent against school violence, and our end goal is to have full time officers in each school," said Supt. Waddell. "This summer, buzzer systems to get into the schools, along with automatic door locks and barrier films over the windows are other ways we are making our schools as safe as we can.”
The new school resource officer’s duties will begin in August when school starts, and it is very likely that the officer will visit multiple schools in the same day.
Sheriff Doyle stated "School safety is a top priority for your Sheriff's Office. Mr. Waddell and I have made a collaborative effort to best utilize this grant. Adding another school resource officer is another step in our effort to boost school safety and security. We're thankful to have a great working relationship with Mr. Waddell and Edmonson County Schools. This addition wouldn't be possible without funding from our school system."
In order to receive this grant, the school had to go through a process which began with consultations with parents, teachers, students, school leaders, local government representatives, and other community partners to see where the grant money would be utilized best. Once consultations took place, Jamie Carnes, Supervisor of State and Federal Programs for Edmonson County Schools, began creating an outline of how the money would be used along with a budget for the available funds. While crafting the application, Carol Stice, Supervisor of Instruction, and Wyn Caudill, Director of Special Education, assisted with ideas to best implement the grant.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to use this money to improve the education and safety within our schools,” said Carnes. “This grant is helping us continue to provide a well-rounded education to our students in Edmonson County.”
A total of $12,764 was received to support both the curricular and safety needs for the students in Edmonson County Schools. The grant will be divided between providing a school resource officer, a music curriculum for the elementary schools, 5/6 center, and the middle school, along with a bully prevention program that will kick off this fall.