FRANKLIN, Tenn. - In response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut the Williamson County County commission has given the green light to fund School Resource Officers.
The vote was 23 to 1 to move the plan forward.
Now that the plan is approved, the Sheriff's Office can begin the process of finding officers to fill positions at 24 schools.
Superintendent Mike Looney says he's been working with law enforcement reviewing security procedures at the schools. He says they also plan to hire a national safety expert to evaluate their safety plans.
Meanwhile, officials in other communities are discussing options. Rutherford County officials are considering a proposal to add resource officers. Davidson County officials are considering measures that would standardize main entryways, add locks that can be locked from inside for classroom doors, and assure every school has a digital security system.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has urged school leaders to shift money already earmarked for other projects to complete the security upgrades.