GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a challenge to put full-time school resource officers at every school in a district, but Marshall County is working to do that.
Last year was the first in school history that Marshall County had a resource officer at each of its County schools. However, now the Commission, the Legislature, and the School Board are looking to surpass that. “We have one full-time officer now, so we’re hiring four more full-time. That’d give us five full-time. That’d give us one for each campus,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says.
There are at least two schools at each school campus around Marshall County, so the three entities involved in this proposal want to be sure each school is fully covered. “Then we’d have the part-time also working in the different schools in the campuses,” Hutcheson says, “So we’d have every school covered, every day.”
The price tag is steep, more than two hundred thousand dollars, but Hutcheson says it’s not an amount that will hold them back.
We spoke with Superintendent Tim Nabors and Senator Clay Scofield Thursday afternoon. Both are involved in this proposal. They tell us they feel this change is important and they want to make it happen, and say they are confident it will.
All three entities say it’s made possible by a partnership that ultimately benefits the students. “It’s just one more step forward in giving the kids a better coverage, and so we feel like it’s a good step,” Hutcheson says.
The entities hope to have the school resource officers in place by the end of this year at the latest.