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Silex may send resource officer to school district

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:15 am

By Austin Groshong

The Silex Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a motion to submit a proposal to the Silex School District to have one of their officers to serve as a resource officer.
“Basically what would happen is that they would pay one of our officers to be there during the school day,” said Silex Police Chief William Barnes.
The resource officer program is currently handled by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, but Barnes said that the position could be open to anybody.
“Basically since they (the sheriff’s office) are a government entity, you bid the project,” he said.
Justin Spanier, board president, said that sending a resource officer would benefit the city and school.
“I think it would be great for the kids to get to know our local guys,” he said.
Silex Superintendent Elaine Henderson says there are several factors that will go into selecting a officer.
“The thing we are looking for is training and the ongoing education of the individual in that kind of environment,” she said. “We are also looking for long-term relationships. All of these things are vital for the program’s success.”
The deadline to submit proposals will be by the May 10 meeting. The decision on who will fill the position will be made by the school board.