It was a busy night in Brooke County. On the agenda were a policy relating to those much talked about school resource officers, plus an idea of the 10-year plan when it comes to Brooke County School facilities.
Brooke County Schools is moving forward with its plan to bring on school resource officers as school employees. In light of the change, Brooke County Schools has hired a new lead school resource officer, John White, a Brooke County resident who used to work as a PRO at Brooke High.
Monday night was another step forward. The board voted on policy allowing him to carry a concealed weapon on school premises. They also entered into an agreement with Wellsburg Police officers to staff the PRO’s in Brooke County Schools.
The way this plan is being configured is different from the past and the rest of the state. Brooke is the first district to hire in-house officers to work in the school.
The board also voted on the comprehensive education facilities plan for the next 10 years. Although an option included combining schools, the board voted to keep the current configuration and renovate all the schools, except Brooke Middle.
This option also includes relocating the board office to the former Wellsburg Middle School, which is vacant.
It’s important to note this is a tentative 10-year plan, so things could change. This is something that needs sent to the state every 10 years.