Local school district hires full-time school resource officer

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Johnson Central High School and the Johnson County Middle School will now have a School Resource Officer (SRO) in the building each school day.

"With all of the recent events ... we want to make sure our students are safe," Thom Cochran, Johnson County School District Superintendent, said.

During the last school board meeting, the district chose to enter into a partnership with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the Johnson County Fiscal Court. This partnership will provide an officer and funding to hire a full-time SRO.

"We are very happy to announce that just this week, the Johnson County Fiscal Court and the commissioners found money for us to finance the Safety Resource Officer this school year and the next school year," Cochran said.

Cochran says having an SRO in the building is positive for the students, staff and community. Noel Crum, Johnson Central Principal, agrees.

"It has actually created a better environment where I think the (students) feel more comfortable," Crum said.

Crum hopes this added layer of security will promote learning in the classrooms.

"We have always had a good school culture and a good climate but I think this just adds an extra layer of warmth and security," Crum said.

Deputy Terry Tussey and Kevin Pelphrey will split the duties for the remainder of the school year. Tussey says it is great to build relationships with the students.

"The kids they come around and shake your hand and laugh with you," Tussey said. "It puts the kids at ease when they come to school."

The SRO program is funded through the 2018-2019 school year.

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