TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Members of the Talladega County Commission on Monday approved an agreement with the Talladega County Board of Education and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office to provide two additional school resource officers, bringing the total number of SROs for the system tofour.
The school system previously had two officers, one for the southern and northern ends of the county.
The decision stems from recent school shootings across the country as well as several local threats.
“We have learned through recent events that our system is not exempt from threats or tragic situations,” Talladega County Schools Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey said. “School safety is something that is always a top priority, but it has certainly been heightened with all that has transpired.”
According to Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore, his office will cover costs of uniforms, patrol cars and equipment, and the Talladega County Board of Education will pay salaries.
“We’ve built a wonderful partnership with the county Board of Education and we will continue to do all we can to keep the students, teachers and staff safe,” Kilgore said.
Added Commission Chair Kelvin Cunningham, “The safety and well-being of our students and teachers is our utmost priority in addition to providing them with a quality education.”
Cunningham also serves as the director of operations for the Talladega County schools system.
No further information was provided during Monday’s meeting.
In other business, the commission:
Approved moving the location of the March 26 meeting to Sylacauga City Hall;
Approved a proposal for maintenance service by Vertiv Services Inc. for tower sites;
Approved an independent contractor agreement with Bridge Inspection Services LLC to inspect eight structures in the county;
Approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for roadway improvements near Winterboro High School;
Approved a reimbursement agreement with the city of Sylacauga for the resurfacing of Avondale Avenue;
Awarded liquid asphalt bids from Vulcan Asphalt for the Road Department;
Approved a second amendment to the county’s Verizon tower lease agreement;
Approved a request from Alabama Specialty Products Inc. for the abatement of county property tax, excluding schools, for a period of three years. The Munford facility’s expansion is a $2 million investment and is set to provide 27 additional jobs;
Approved a recommendation by the Talladega County Economic Development Authority for the expenditure of 2-cent rural water funds for the Priebes Mill Project, requested by the Munford Water Authority in the amount of $444,106;
Approved a recommendation by Talladega County EDA for the expenditure of 2-cent rural water funds requested by the Sycamore Water Authority in the amount of $62,600 and the Sylacauga Water Authority in the amount of $14,000 to connect water lines for approximately seven residents and one business;
Approved a 3 percent cost-of-living increase to be included on the first paycheck of April 2018;
Approved for members of the Probate Department to attend the “Probate Judges Association Training Conference;
Approved expenditures in the amount of $1,356,597.50; and
Announced the commission will hold a joint meeting with members of the Talladega County E911 board and city officials to discuss radio upgrade options for first responders. The meeting will be at the Talladega County E911 facility Monday, March 19, at 2 p.m.
The next commission meeting will be Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m., inside Sylacauga City Hall. A work session will be held prior at 5 p.m.