Knox Co. commissioners make school board pay $219K for armed gua

Knox Co. commissioners make school board pay $219K for armed guards

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"We will have more than officer in every school as the need is dictated," Dr. McIntyre said. "We will have more than officer in every school as the need is dictated," Dr. McIntyre said.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County leaders agree they want to put a resource officer in every school, but there's been some back and forth about who cuts the first check - the school board or county commission.

Commissioners voted 11-0 Monday afternoon to approve a resolution to make the school system pay for the hiring, training, and equipping of additional school security officers.

The resolution means the school system will use $218,782 from its general purpose fund to pay for 58 new armed guards the school system wanted. 

Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said he wasn't concerned about where the funding came from, but just that it gets approval to move forward so SROs can be trained in time for next school year.  

"It is to make sure we have a robust deployment matrix to make sure we have at least one officer in every school. We will have more than officer in every school as the need is dictated," Dr. McIntyre said.

The resolution also states county commission understands that $1.9 million is needed to fund SROs for an entire year.

McIntyre said he would ask for that money in his own budget request with the board of education.

During Monday's meeting, Dr. McIntyre also said the bidding process for a board of education approved plan for a contract audit of Knox County Schools security could begin as early as this week.  

The Knox County Purchasing Department would select the company to conduct the audit.

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