The Central City Grade School Board Tuesday night gave final approval to obtain a fulltime school resource officer through the Central City Police Department.
The Central City Village Board gave their final approval at their Monday meeting. They also hired a new fulltime officer to replace the officer assigned as the SRO.
Superintendent Tim Brannon says the district will pay for the officer through the new one cent sales tax to benefit schools passed in the April election. He says the SRO will cost around $65,000 a year, leaving an estimated $75,000 a year to go towards capital improvements. Brannon says there is a long list of building needs. They include new flooring, fencing, roofing, and door locks. Brannon says they will have to stockpile money from the tax for awhile so cash is available to pay the bills. Schools in the county are scheduled to get their first payment under the one-cent sales tax later this month.
The Central City Village Board hired Wamac fulltime officer Todd Williams as their new full time officer. The officer to be assigned as the SRO has not yet been announced.
Brannon notes while the SRO will provide security they will do much more. They will work on getting truant students back in school, help with family issues that may be keeping students out of school, assist with behavioral issues, provide first aid training and help with emergency planning.
The Central City Grade School Board approved its annual budget. It totals $2.8-million dollars and is $95,000 in the black. Brannon reports the district received $73,000 in federal CARES act funds that were used to purchase additional chromebooks and iPads to allow the school to have one on one computers for each student. Money was also spent to upgrade the tools in the classroom to make remote learning more effective. Additional cleaning supplies were also purchased.
Brannon says all students are going 5 days a week, except 25 who have selected to go full remote learning for the first semester. While the district has not had a positive COVID-19 case, they have had several students who have had to quarantine because they are close contacts to an out of school case. Quarantined students go on full remote learning until they are cleared to return to school.