MCS presents resource officer ideas to city
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:00 AM
The Madison City Council heard a report Tuesday from Madison schools about the possibility of adding two school resource officers for next year.
Jill Deputy, the school safety specialist for Madison Consolidated Schools, brought the proposal to the Council. The discussions about a school resource officer are in the preliminary stages, and no budgetary discussions took place Tuesday. School officials will make requests during the budget sessions.
Deputy requested approval to go ahead with pursuing the resource officer. The Council did not give its approval, but members did not deny the request, either.
Under the proposed plan, the city and county would split the cost for two school resource officers. The school would pay the remaining costs along with a matching grant from the state government. Deputy said the specifics of how much money MCS will receive from the state has not been determined. The county has already given its approval for the school resource officer initiative.
One officer would be stationed at Madison Consolidated High School full-time. The other officer would rotate through the elementary schools and the junior high school.
There would be three main responsibilities for the school resource officer, Deputy said. Other than the law enforcement aspect, the school resource officer would also provide counseling for any students who would need it and provide educational opportunities.
Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston said Lt. Dan Slygh, who currently serves as the department's D.A.R.E. officer, has received preliminary training on being a school resource officer.
In other business:
The Council voted 5-0 to approve the Meadow Lane rezoning. The ordinance rezones 10 acres, including five of which the county will purchase from Madison Chemical, who owns the land. The county will use the land to expand the county highway garage.
Councilwoman Laura Hodges abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest. Her husband, Dan Hodges, is the vice president of Madison Chemical. Councilman Kevin Kellems was not present.
Fire Chief Steve Horton said paperwork from the Indiana State Police has come through that would allow the owners of the home at 2317 Lanier Drive that was damaged in a meth lab fire to be demolished. Horton said the demolition could be expected in the next month or so.
Councilman Darrell Henderson, who served on the committee to find a new historic preservation planner, said the field has been narrowed down to three candidates, which have been passed on to the mayor for a final decision.
Parks director Dave Stucker announced Crystal Beach swimming pool will open at noon May 26 and will be open Sunday and Monday. The pool will close again and then reopen the following weekend for the summer.