The Grundy County Commission, Director of Schools Glenda Dykes, and Sheriff Clint Shrum met during the August 23 County Commission workshop to discuss the School Resource Officer proposal. The original proposal asked for seven full-time SRO’s.
Through a series of budget and finance meetings, as well as workshops, the parties came to a tentative agreement to be presented at the next County Commission meeting. The tentative agreement will allow two additional SROs to be placed into the system through the Sheriff’s Office.
Currently, Grundy County has one SRO stationed at the high school. Funding for the additional SROs will come from two different grants through the school system and a $33,000 commitment by the County Commission. The additional SROs will be stationed at county elementary schools. One SRO will rotate between Tracy City Elementary School, Coalmont Elementary School, and Pelham Elementary School. The second will rotate between Swiss Memorial Elementary School, Palmer Elementary School, and North Elementary School.
“I am glad we have been able to reach some type of agreement. There has been some tough, but good, collaboration on the part of all three entities and it has worked out for the betterment of the county and our children,” stated Sheriff Shrum.
The proposals still must be voted on and passed by both the County Commission and the Board of Education.
Sheriff Shrum commented, “Once the proposals have passed, and the grant funding is in place, we can start building the program.”