A lack of funding has prevented the Todd County School System from hiring a school resource officer this spring, but officials are still holding out hope for the fall.
The Todd School Board approved the hiring of a resource officer at its February meeting, expecting to use federal safe schools grant money. Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says the district still wants to hire an officer, but the funds just aren’t where they need to be yet.
Benningfield says the county used to get about $60,000 a year in safe schools grant funds, but the yearly amount has since been cut to about $15,000.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin says he will still attempt to have a potential school resource officer trained in time for next school year in hopes the funding will be there. The officer would serve at all four school buildings in the district.