SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – As of Tuesday, Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry says he is concerned school will start in the fall without a security officer at each school.
Sheriff Curry says he needs the school board and county commission to come up with the funding for 12 officers at each school next year, and so far neither has agreed to pay for it.
The sheriff says his office will not use money from its discretionary fund because it needs that money for all other projects for the entire department.
He says this is a critical time for both the county commission and school board to set priorities, “Is it more important to have trained experience people present to protect the children or is it more important to have buildings, parks, land and equipment.”
This is in response to a proposal put forth two weeks ago in the Shelby County School Board’s Safe Schools Initiative.
That proposal says that the Sheriff’s Office pay more than $120,ooo out of its Sheriff’s Fund, commonly called the Pistol Fund.