An additional aspect of the partnership between Hardin County Schools and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has brought two additional School Resource Officers (SROs) to the district.
“We are thrilled to be able to work with Hardin County Schools,” Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said. “These additional officers will work to develop and nurture relationships with students and create an even greater sense of security in our schools and community in which they serve.”
The new school resource officers will be based out of middle schools and spend time at the elementary schools that feed into those middle schools. Deputy Tim Thomas will be the SRO for James T. Alton Middle School, Rineyville Elementary School and Vine Grove Elementary School. Deputy Scot Richardson will work with West Hardin Middle School, Lakewood Elementary School and Cecilia Valley Elementary School.
“We are excited to welcome Deputy Thomas and Deputy Richardson to the Hardin County Schools family,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “We are very fortunate to have Sheriff Ward and other law enforcement agencies in this continuing partnership resulting in stronger safety for our schools. We are extremely thankful for these deputies’ hard work and the relationships they will cultivate. We want our students to respect them and feel comfortable with them. We want them to know they can trust the School Resource Officers and share news like academic success, extracurricular success or something that be may be concerning them. We plan to bring additional SROs in the very near future to provide coverage for all of our schools.”
The new SROs started on January 14. School Resource Officers are already in place at Central Hardin High School (an Elizabethtown Police Department officer), John Hardin High School (a Radcliff Police Department officer), North Hardin High School (a Hardin County Sheriff’s deputy) and College View Campus (a Hardin County Sheriff’s deputy).
“We are absolutely devoted to keeping every student in every school in every portion of Hardin County safe,” Sheriff Ward added. “This is just one aspect of our relationship with Hardin County Schools. School administrators, teachers, staff and district officials know they can reach out to us anytime for any reason and we’ll respond.”