He said legislators may amend the bill to qualify the purchase of safety equipment, such as cameras or buzz-in systems, in grant applications. He said he doesn’t want to provide constrains on what districts need, but give municipalities, police agencies and schools the ability to execute their needs with the grants.
He said the importance of the bill was stressed with the bill was renumbered from SB 270 to SB 1, which makes it the first bill the Senate will consider.
The last day for the legislature to consider bills comes in mid-April, but the bill has several other hurdles to reach before it comes to a vote.
New resource officer
Zoeller commended Clarksville Community Schools and the town for working together on getting a resource officer for its three schools.
Michael Popplewell, an officer with the Clarksville Police Department, was approved by the town and the district as the resource officer. After about a year of discussions, district board President Bill Wilson said he was glad to see the program become a reality.
“You cannot have the educational environment necessary unless you have safety first,” Wilson said. “This program provides that and we’re just very pleased.”
Money remained an issue in the discussion up until passage, when the district and town had to hammer out questions about payment schedules and indemnification.
Chief Mark Palmer, CPD chief, said he was glad the town and the school corporation were able to come to an agreement and get the program started.
Popplewell said aside from protecting students, he hopes he can give them a positive view of police officers.
“I’m so glad that everybody in our town has gotten together and made this program possible,” Popplewell said. “I think it’s essential that the students of Clarksville Community Schools and all schools develop a relationship with a police officer as a role model to look up to.”