The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Brady Johnson recognized I-SS School Resource Officers at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.
Before calling up resource officers from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, the Statesville Police Department and the Troutman Police Department for recognition, chairman Martin Page thanked all the SRO’s for their service to their schools and their communities.
“What else can you say about someone when they put that level of service to the people?” Page said.
Page also thanked the Iredell County Commissioners for their help in setting up a funding source. That helped the board place SRO’s in elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year. With a part-time SRO at each elementary school, each school in the system now has an SRO present at some point during school hours with each high school and middle school having full-time SROs on school grounds.
“We have to thank our county commissioners for working with us to set up a funding source,” Page said. “It’s our goal to have an SRO, nurse and SAP in every school. This is going a long way. We can’t thank the departments enough to make this happen.”
Page and the other board members noted that safety is not the only mission and impact the school system’s SROs have on students.
“The safety of our youth is so important but its not just the safety these men and women do,” Page said. “They get to know the kids and talk to them. The relationships y’all are going to make are going to make a difference. That to me is as important as being there to do something you hope you never have to do.”