Board, city agree on protection
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
Dec 14, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Board of Education fit the final piece into the school resource officer (SRO) puzzle in their meeting Thursday, Dec. 8.

The board voted 5-to-0 to enter into a three-year contract with the City of Cadiz to return an SRO to the schools’ campus. The city had voted its approval of the contract just two days prior.

It was an easy sale for Superintendent Tim McGinnis, who requested permission from the board at its last meeting to begin the process now coming to an end.

After lengthy presentations to the city’s Finance Committee and the Cadiz City Council, there was little left to discuss at the board meeting.

McGinnis did, however, repeat to the board his hopes that the SRO would spend “95 percent of the time building relationships,” which he called the No. 1 deterrent to school violence.

He also told the board that this new contract — of which the school is responsible to pay 75 percent of the $43,128 a new officer is to cost — does not affect previous arrangements with local authorities to attend sporting events.

“I compliment you on being so thorough with your proposal [to the city],” said school attorney C.A. Woodall.

A binding contract between the schools and the city is to be drawn up by Woodall and City Attorney Jamus Redd. McGinnis has said “the sooner the better” applies to returning an SRO to campus.

In other action, the board approved the nominations of community leaders George Radford and Mallory Lawrence to the Local Planning Committee.

Principals’ reports had been scheduled for presentation, but were postponed until the board’s next regularly scheduled meeting due to concerns over inclement weather.

Before the board’s regular meeting, they met for just more than an hour in a special closed session to discuss student discipline.

McGinnis told media after the meeting a student was expelled for the remainder of the school year. He said the student was not the suspect of the October parking lot shooting incident.
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