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January 23, 2013

Resource officer on duty at Clarksville schools

School board, town council give OK for one officer to serve three schools



Bemiss said he hopes the move leads to other agreements between the school board and the town.

“I think it’s one big step,” Bemiss said. “I also think it hopefully will be the opening of the door for more partnerships with the town, and I do perceive it that way. It’s a very, very good thing to be happening in our communities.”

Palmer said in a news release that he’s glad his department can contribute to school safety in Clarksville.

“As we continue trying to improve the safety of our community, I believe there is nothing more valuable than our children,” Palmer said in the release. “This is a true milestone for our community and I am proud to see it come to life.”

Along with Popplewell, a backup officer will be available to the district if he is away from work.

The school board passed the measure 3-0 with board members Mike Kane and Andy Bramer absent.



The school board also approved a resolution to transfer $326,000 of unused money in its general fund to the rainy-day fund.

Wacker said he’s glad the district is in a position to save some money rather than use it to stay within its budget. Bemiss said he always hopes extra money can be used to the benefit of students, but he understands financial circumstances force school districts to keep a healthy balance in emergency funds.

“... In these uncertain times over in the last eight years and what I suspect will be the next eight years, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the fact that we’re not worrying every month about paying the light bill,” Bemiss said.

Knott said she didn’t know the exact amount the district has put away, but she said it should come out to more than $2 million. The board passed the measure unanimously.

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