When students go back to class next week in Greeneville, a police officer will be at each city school to help keep them safe.
Officials announced Wednesday that each school will have a full-time officer throughout the day, according to Director of Schools Dr. Linda Stroud. Currently, there is a full-time officer at Greeneville High School and another officer that rotated work at the middle school and four elementary schools.
The increased security is in response to the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December.
Administrator Smith said, "We want to enhance police presence at all of
our schools to reinforce security and the comfort level of both students
City and school leaders met with Police Chief Terry Cannon on Wednesday to discuss the plan.
"I'm extremely appreciative to the Town and the Greeneville Police Department for their commitment to the safety and security of the students in Greeneville City Schools," she said.
Discussion of school safety will be on the agenda for the Jan. 15 meeting of the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.