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County approves School Resource Officer funding

Greg Davis

The County Commission voted 23-1 to approve $2.58 million to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office budget to install 32 armed school resource officers (SROs) in the county's 23 elementary schools and those of the Franklin Special School District, and Middle College High School. The commission also approved $40,000 to contract with a “consultant with expertise in school safety” to do a threat analysis.

The moves were prompted by the December shooting at a Connecticut school that killed 20 children and six adults.

Eighth District Commissioner Greg Davis argued that $2.58 million is coming from surplus money from the general fund, and will only fund the new SROs through the end of the fiscal year. To continue the expanded program, the county may have to consider a tax increase. 

“I think we're moving a little to fast on this,” said Commissioner Greg Davis who represents the 8th District. “We're appropriating money for a portion of a year. We should be focusing on the tax increase it will take to continue this.”

Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson said that funding sources for fiscal 2013-14 could include federal and state grants.

Davis cast the lone dissenting vote.

Cherie Hammond

Hammond to fill Leve's vacated seat

The Williamson County Commission unanimously voted Monday night for Cherie Hammond to fill the 6th District School Board seat vacated by Terry Leve, who is relocating to Colorado.

Faithful to WCC tradition, County Commissioners from the district with the vacancy – in this case Arlene Cook and Jeff Ford – recommended the the candidate they believe to be the strongest from the field of applicants. Thirteen people applied for the position to represent the 6th District, which includes the city of Brentwood.

“I am passionate about our schools,” Hammond said to the commission after the vote. “It makes my heart beat to continue this work.”

Hammond's term will expire Aug. 14, 2014.

“We thought she was the best-qualified person,” Cook told the Williamson Herald last week. “She is very involved with the schools. She's had five children go through the Williamson County Schools, she's been a PTO president [at Ravenwood High School], and is chairman of the district-wide PTO Leadership Council.”

Posted on: 1/17/2013


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