Sumner Co. Schools Director Wants $5M For More Security
SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. – Sumner County Schools will ask county commissioners for an additional $5 million in funding to help make schools more secure in the wake of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.
Schools director Del Phillips wants to have a total of 20 school resource officers in schools. Currently, they only have seven. He also wants to put an armed officer at every middle school.
The funds would also go toward modifying every school entrance to have more control of who goes in and out.
However, some schools are already doing the best they can with what they have. Last month, Guild Elementary started requiring teachers to lock their doors whether students are in the classroom or not, and every visitor has to be buzzed in.
Phillips hopes his request doesn't delay the funds he's expecting to help build 16 new classrooms.
The start of the school year was delayed this summer, while Commissioners and school board members were in the midst of a heated budget battle. School leaders hope past issues can be overlooked as they address these new concerns.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the District's central office.