|Published: 8:38 AM, 04/10/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS-Following in the path of
the Sweetwater City School System, the Monroe County School System is
working on a possible plan to put a School Resource Officer (SRO) in
every school this fall.
"In light of recent events, issues
have arose that we never would have thought of happening," said
Monroe County Director of Schools Mike Lowry. "We're always looking
for ways to improve safety in our schools."
In early January, local law
enforcement, emergency responders and school officials participated
in a School Safety Tour, visiting every school in the county to
familiarize themselves with the campuses.
"We received a lot of positive
feedback from that meeting," said Lowry, noting that the end result
of the tour was that it would benefit the county school system to
have more SROs.
After attending a School Safety Summit
in Franklin and further discussion with the Board of Education, Lowry
said the discussion to add more SROs intensified.
"There's not one technique that can
guarantee the overall safety," said Lowry. "There's not an answer
Lowry said counting Monroe Academy,
there are 12 campuses and 13 schools in the Monroe County School
System. But, there are only six full-time SROs in the system.
See full story in the Wednesday, April 10, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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