EDUCATION: Hiring process cleared for school resource officers

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

The Lee County School Board backed a plan to place more student resource officers in elementary schools and several policy changes — including one involving guns on school grounds — during a regular meeting Tuesday night.

The board granted Superintendent Andy Bryan permission to begin working with Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter to hire four more SROs using some of the district’s funding earmarked by the state for at-risk students. The board also voted to give the sheriff’s office all of the firearms, ammunition, bullet proof vests and other law enforcement equipment left over from last year when the district, not the sheriff, controlled the SROs.

The board also:

* Approved its consent agenda and a first reading of several policy changes — including policies further defining school improvement teams and workforce development efforts, and allowing people with concealed carry permits to bring handguns onto school grounds as long as the guns are kept locked in the person’s vehicle.

* Watched a video of students from Floyd L. Knight performing a play titled, “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.”

* Honored Siranon “Muk” Shoomee, a Lee Senior student who recently won the NCHSAA 3A State Championship in women’s golf.

* Honored the Tramway Elementary School custodial team of Victor Boykin, Robert Baldwin, Larry Harris and Wayne Williams for winning the Clean School of the Month award.

* Honored Lee Early College teacher Bo Rounds for having the Website of the Month.

* Heard about the Kaleidescope 2014 Washington D.C. trip, which Bryan said has had increased attendance in recent years.

* Learned more about the 25 percent rule from Glenda Jones, the district’s human resources director. The rule, recently passed by the General Assembly, says only 25 percent of teachers will be able to receive the maximum contract of four years starting next year. If a tenured teacher receives such an offer, he or she could take it by giving up tenure immediately but also receiving a $5,000 bonus. All other teachers will either retain their tenure until 2018 or, if not tenured, will receive a one-year contract. After 2018, tenure will cease to exist.