GREENSBURG — Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) will partner to hire a fulltime school resource officer for the corporation.
The soon-to-be-hired officer was among the agenda items at Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the DCCS Board.
DCCS Superintendent Johnny Budd told the Daily News that the district recently secured $50,000 to help hire a resource officer through a grant from Indiana’s School Safety Initiative Awards.
Fifty-percent of the grant will go toward the new officer’s salary, while the rest will go toward improving DCCS emergency action plans and general security.
“A resource officer fills a lot of different roles,” Budd said. “It’s one more thing we can do to improve security and make our environment much safer.”
The new officer, Budd noted, will be a full-time sheriff’s deputy with DCSD, with the full authority of a police officer, but will spend his days during the school year working exclusively with DCCS buildings, personnel and students. The officer will play an integral part in continually reviewing and revising safety plans and in helping train DCCS staff, too.
On weekends and during the summer months, the officer’s assignments will be at the discretion of DCSD, Budd said.
Also at Wednesday night’s meeting, Budd reported on a visit this past Monday to DCCS by representatives from two schools from the Chinese city of Suichang, Greensburg’s sister city.
Principal Chen Zhangeng and English teacher Lin Junqing Jingning High School, along with Principal Du Zitong and English Teacher Ma Caiqiu from Jingyun Experimental Middle School, accompanied Budd on a visit to all four of the district’s schools.
“We visited classrooms and introduced them to our educational system,” Budd said.
The superintendent noted several differences between China’s education system and America’s. For one, the American system offers students far more choices and electives than its Chinese counterpart.