City of Boyd, school discuss SRO

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
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The city of Boyd and Boyd ISD are negotiating to hire a school resource officer to work within the district.

The two sides hope to have an officer in place by the start of the 2018-19 school year, splitting the costs. The school is expected to pay 75 percent or $45,000 of the approximate $60,000 for salary, benefits and equipment.

“My goal is to have day one next year a fully vested SRO in place,” said Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West.

The city council Tuesday night authorized City Administrator Greg Arrington and Police Chief Dwayne Taylor to negotiate with the school district.

The council’s primary demand in negotiations is a long-term commitment from the school district toward hiring an officer.

“We’re proud of our relationship with the school,” said Mayor Rodney Holmes. “The only thing we don’t want is to invest money and hire someone and a few years into it they can’t do it. We want to make sure there is some type of commitment.”

The school board will discuss the SRO at its meeting Monday.

The two entities have worked together in the past for officers to work at the school but have not had an agreement for a dedicated officer, according to West.

“We’ve had some agreements in the past where we’ve done a certain number of hours,” West said. “It served its purpose. But I think having someone dedicated to the school district is important, the same person. They are a police officer but also a member of the faculty. Having that consistency so the kids will be able to develop a relationship is important.”

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