In today’s edition of The Jackson County Sentinel, Scottsboro residents have the opportunity to help ensure each city school has a school resource officer.
An insert inside the paper allows individuals and businesses receiving Water, Sewer and Gas services the option to voluntarily make a monthly contribution of $3, $5, $10, $25, $50 or $100.
It also gives the opportunity to make a one-time donation rather than a monthly donation.
The Scottsboro City Board of Education, city of Scottsboro and Scottsboro Water, Sewer and Gas Board (WSG) are partnering together to raise the funds to hire additional school resource officers.
Scottsboro Schools Superintendent Dr. Jay Reyes has said it would take about $65,000 per year to employ a school resource officer.
“Basically what we would need is about $5,500 a month in donations, and that would certainly be more than enough to hire one officer,” said Reyes.
In an earlier Scottsboro City Council meeting, Reyes told council members there are 6,600 customers in city services, and if each customer chose to give $3 a month then the program could raise $237,000 in one year, for example.
There are currently two school resource officers in the city schools, one at the high school and one at the junior high school.
The goal is to have a resource officer in every school to provide protection for all students. Due to a lack of funding, the school board, WSG and the city entered into a partnership to raise funds to hire more officers.
“We can’t do this without the community’s support,” said Carrie Bradford, the city schools’ community engagement coordinator.