Public's help sought in fundraising for Jackson County SROs

Updated: Jun. 12, 2018 at 6:27 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Jackson County commissioner is seeking volunteers to help pay for more school resource officers in the county schools. The plan is to get funds from the public using the billing from the county's solid waste disposal.

Commissioner Jason Venable said he hopes many people will take advantage of it to help out the schools.

It's also getting some rave reviews by some area principals.

School is out but principals in Jackson County took Tuesday for leadership training. But what about safety? That's always a concern without school resource officers in most of the schools, especially a place like Bryant, which is located in a very rural area of the county.

"But the travel time to get to Bryant, an SRO officer I think would be safer for our students," said Bryant Principal Lloyd Ellison.

Venable has proposed an idea to the county to use the solid waste billing to seek donations from county residents. He wants to set up a board of three people appointed from the school board, the county commission and the sheriff's office. They would be in charge of distributing the funds from anything from adding officers to paying gas to support what they do.

"We're not going to be able to hire enough to have one at every campus, but if they're mobile enough and only they know the schedule, then they can move around and that way, hopefully, their presence can be seen at all campuses," said Venable.

Venable hopes that the commission will approve the request later this month so they can go ahead and make the financial requests to the citizens by the end of the month.

The county commission is expected to vote on the plan when they meet again on June 25.

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