Lebanon schools fund two SROs

LSSD approves funding for additional officers
Sep 5, 2013
(Caitlin Rickard • Lebanon Democrat) LSSD board member Andy Brummett (left) and Director of Schools Scott Benson discuss issues at the board’s meeting Thursday.


The Lebanon Special School District Board of Education Thursday approved funding for more school resource officers.

Last month, Director of Schools Scott Benson spoke to the Wilson County Budget Committee about funding for the officers.

In the past, the county put SROs in all county schools and the LSSD added two to their middle schools.

To have full coverage for all the elementary schools, the LSSD needed four more SROs, but Benson told committee members in August they didn’t anticipate paying for any additional officers.

Benson, along with county budget committee members then worked out a solution to have LSSD pay for two additional officers and the county pay for the other two, which would reach Lebanon schools’ total need.

At the board meeting Thursday, Benson said he thought everyone could agree that the LSSD wanted and needed SROs in all schools.

Benson asked the board to consider paying for the two additional SROs for this school year until the LSSD and the county can come up with a long-term solution.

The two additional officers would cost $60,000 per officer, for a total cost of $120,000 for the new SROs. The LSSD already pays $120,000 for the two SROs it currently has.

Board chairman Steve Jones said the cost didn’t matter to him when it came to an issue such as this.

“To me, you can’t put a price on keeping kids safe so whatever we need to do I want to do it,” Jones said.

The board then voted to fund the two additional SROs and, in doing so, also voted to amend the budget in order to pay for the officers.

The board also voted to put the LSSD tax rate at .45 cents and approve a Tennessee code that would put the district in compliance with the state’s textbook codes.

The code states that the board must comply and agree that all children enrolled in the local education system have been furnished with all required textbooks.

The next board meeting will be Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.



"Research has shown anytime arrested with full impact and possible consequences of speeding, sufferers are less likely to hurry again.
Chief Inspector John Holt, of Avon and Somerset's roads policing unit, said: "We remain to have a clear resolve for prevent excess speeding and reduce what amount of people being killed and seriously injured on our roads, using robust speed enforcement with road policing officers, local patrol officers and mobile speed camera vans, that happen to be tasked to where serious road traffic collisions have occurred some other key sites or worry.
But probably, despite being switched off, the accident rate has fallen. Police confirmed there has been a 25 % decrease in collisions some time ago 36 months.
The move was condemned mainly because of the road safety charity Brake which said the council had "betrayed" the communities that counted on the cameras. Avon and Somerset police still operate mobile speed camera vans.
But Brian Macdowall, a spokesman from your Association of British Drivers, said: "The main reasons behind accidents are people not looking where they go. Speeding is fifth or sixth out there."
"Reducing average speeds means fewer and much less serious crashes.
"Our message to drivers is a snap: speed limits can there to reduce, so stay within them at any time, and cut down to 20mph in communities. Could be the responsible, compassionate route to drive, furnishing you with moment to react in an emergency."
"We take firm action against anyone caught speeding either by prosecution, or even perhaps a fixed penalty notice, or by becoming sent for the speed education course. However education rather than just prosecution has proved more potent in accordance our communities safe.
"The whole business of owning speed cameras has changed into a complete and utter failure in so far as road safety factors concerned."
useful to hear that accidents in Avon Somerset have fallen by 25% in the last 3years. There can obviously be many factors involved when this brief on the highway occurs, but surly the main factor is awareness within one is driving? Only emergency vehicles, there isn't an intent behind someone to drive fast or more a restricted speed limit. You cannot find any reason to operate a vehicle an automobile at close distance behind another. You don't have a reason to overtake another vehicle on your road which is not suitable. There isn't really a reason to generate a car dangerously next to other road users (bikes, etc). In general, if for example Government thought i'd milk drivers, offering VED by a few percent would raise a whole lot more money. In Cambridgeshire, the council spends about every year on repairing pavements damaged by illegal parking. The Post is prodriving anyway, so no great surprise. If for example local residents want the limit actually was along with typical to conform with speeds not on top of about 50 mph, chances are they'll need pay enough local taxes onto the police force to own very VISIBLE enforcement be off the mark virtually 24/7 with actual police producing the citations. Periodic enforcement, even done quite regularly, are not going to achieve compliance, a couple of seconds fines primarily safe drivers who aren't causing questions of safety. Stealth enforcement while the citation may come in the mail a number of days or weeks later will likely not achieve compliance, it just fines primarily safe drivers who aren't causing safety issues. James C. It's not at all even remotely near for a ring! It barely covers 1/2 about the city and it is really merely load of small components of dual carriageway joined together.
"Those who speed should be aware in which the mobile vans and police shall be deployed to make certain of road safety.
The cameras were trumpeted as crucial in making our roads safer facing critics claiming the pair were simply cashgenerators.
Assortment of accidents has dropped since Bristol speed cameras put off
And also head of Avon and Somerset police's road policing unit now admits that education in place of prosecution via speed cameras may be the way for you to make our roads safer.
Hugh Bladon, spokesman in your Association of British Drivers, told the Post it proved that speed cameras tried absolutely nothing to make our roads safer.
The Avon and Somerset safety camera partnership, which ran the cameras, was disbanded this particular past year as well as fixed cameras were put off in March.
"Serious casualties in Avon and Somerset have continued to fall beyond national trends that has a 25 per cent cut in previous times a few years, in contrast to national lowering of 19 percent.
Ellen Booth, a senior campaigns officer at Brake, said: "Speed is probably biggest killers on UK roads and puts the lives regarding motorists threat.


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