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For the first time, there is a school resource officer permanently posted at, or within walking distance of a school in Colbert County.
Colbert County Schools Superintendent, Gale Satchel, told WAAY 31 five out of the eight school in Colbert County will have school resource officers present at all times when students are in school. The officers are just walking distance to the three joining elementary and middle schools.
Tuesday, parents and students at Brick Hatton Elementary school were greeted by a new face, the face of a school resource officer.
Andrea Smith was dropping off her kindergartner and told WAAY31 she was happy and surprised to see a school resource officer present.
"I went to Florence City Schools and grew up having a resource officer so that helps me out knowing she's got that here," said Smith.
Colbert County Sheriff, Frank Williamson , said the county commission added about $20,000 in funds so he could hire part-time school resource officers for the school system.
"If he's part time he will still be here everyday," said Williamson.
Williamson said he worked with the county commission and school district so rural schools, such as Brick Hatton, have an officer present at all times.
"There are officers are over here [Brick Hatton Elementary School] and one at New Bethel so we've accomplished that," said Williamson.
Satchel said she is thankful the county commission and sheriff worked to provide them with this extra security. Williamson hopes the county commission will fund school resource officers throughout the entire school year.
The funding for the resource officers for the 2019 school year will be discussed by the county commission in the fall as they layout their budget for 2019.