HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Hamilton County school board conducted a meeting Thursday discussing a number of topics regarding education.
One of the main topics discussed was school safety.
The majority of the board was in favor of hiring student security officers and school resource officers to work on school grounds.
The recent struggle with bringing in security employees wasn’t finances, but finding the right people.
“All of you understand how understaffed we are in that area,” said Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond. “I have money to hire SROs, I just don’t have SROs. We’re in a difficult time. Law enforcement and many others because the economy is good but then other jobs pay better.”
Board members did approve hiring up to 10 security guards.