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Krum looking at hiring school resource officer

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

KRUM — Krum school district Superintendent Cody Carroll said he intends to bring information regarding the possible hiring of a school resource officer to the school board next month.

He brought the discussion on whether to pursue hiring a district school resource officer to the school board this week and the board gave him the go-ahead.

Carroll shared with the board this week that he contacted superintendents with area districts — Bridgeport, Decatur, Gainesville and Sanger — and inquired about what agreements they had in place. All indicated having one or more school resource officers, he said.

Carroll said he brought the idea of hiring a school resource officer before the school board Wednesday after parents inquired about it at a community safety forum in May.

By the board’s next meeting in August, Carroll said he intends to compile possible arrangements for hiring a school resource officer, approximate costs for the position, arrangements the district will have to make for an officer vehicle and a list of responsibilities for an officer.

“What I’ll do is bring that back to them in August and [that] will probably be an action item at that time,” he said.

Board member Ted Wiley said Wednesday that if the district hires a school resource officer and partners with the city on the matter, he favors a specific officer being designated a school resource officer so that students become familiar with and bond with the person.

The Krum school board last discussed the possibility of a school resource officer in 2006. Troy Hamm, Krum‘s superintendent at the time, was in talks with then-Krum Police Chief Shawn Landers about the possibility, and it fell through when it was learned that grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice the two entities intended to fund the position with was no longer available, according to board minutes from Aug. 14, 2006.

Without the grant funding at the time, the district couldn’t justify hiring a school resource officer and the position never came to fruition, said Phil Enis, board president.

“I think the school can benefit from it if we can work out a mutually agreeable arrangement with the city and police department,” he said of resuming discussion about hiring a school resource officer.

The Krum school board’s next meeting is slated for Aug. 14, Enis said.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.