School resource officer for HCS could be in place Oct. 1

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville City Council approved a measure during their Monday, Sept. 17, meeting that will place Haleyville City Schools on track to have a School Resource Officer by Oct. 1.

Mayor Ken Sunseri told council members that the school system had presented the city with a potential contract for the position earlier in the day.  The position will be part-time, with the officer employed through the Haleyville Police Department.  The city will be reimbursed for all costs involved by the school system.

During an August work session by the Haleyville Board of Education, HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland told the school board that the system was likely going to receive enough federal Title 4 funding for fiscal year 2019 to cover the cost of a school resource officer.  At that time, the system was looking at how other school systems the size of Haleyville handle costs and liabilities involved with school resource officers, as well as determining how much the officer would be paid per hour.

The Haleyville City Council approved for Sunseri and Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas to negotiate a contract with the school system for the school resource officer so an officer could be in place by Oct. 1.

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