CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - School safety continues to be on the minds of communities and school administrators. A Carroll Consolidated School is making a change by hiring a school resource officer.
Carroll Consolidated School Board members and the town of Flora voted to hire a police officer to help keep the school safer. Carroll Schools Superintendent Christopher Lagoni says this idea came up about a year ago.
"We took some time to study it with the resources that it will take to make it happen," Lagoni said. "Obviously school safety has been ever further in the forefront in the last few months. Once we had a new board, we continued working the process. School safety is the number one goal we are working at. We also want our community to know that we have a uniformed officer here, that is our campus stay safe."
The officer has not been chosen, but the Flora Police Chief says the individual should be able to relate to students and staff and not just be there to enforce the law.
"Two years down the line I envision the kids to have trust in this officer. I envision a drop in bullying-related issues, drug use to go down and give peace of mind to parents, staff and kids," Chief Paul Redmon said. "Letting them know that someone is here, in an event that something bad does happen, that this officer is going to be there for them."
Carroll Junior-Senior High School Principal Angela Moreman says even though safety plans are already in place, the addition of a resource officer will help carry out those plans.
"When you build that person in as part of your team you are able to bring the expertise that they receive in their training as an officer into the building," Moreman said. "I think it's really an exciting part of our future for safety here at Carroll Consolidated Schools."
One student says having an officer at school will allow students to concentrate on making the grade.
"This is a safe school around here, but we'd like to reinforce the idea that it's safe and give that confidence and that surety that everything is going to be all right, so kids can focus on getting their education and taking care of their school work," student Zach Turnpaugh said.
Lagoni says the armed officer will be paid $15 to $20 per hour and will start in the fall.
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