The City of Taylorville and the Taylorville school district have struck a deal to put a Taylorville police officer in the building next year.
The deal involves a Taylorville PD officer serving as a school resource officer, a trend that has spread across the United States in the wake of a number of high profile mass shootings, including a shooting Sante Fe, Texas just last week.
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry said he ran on the principle of protecting Taylorville’s youth and was proud the two boards found a way to make a deal to help Taylorville’s students.
Barry hailed the deal as a win-win, with the school district picking up the over 36,000 dollar tab, and the City being able to readjust current officer’s schedules so no new hire was needed, all while protecting students.
The vote passed by a 6-2 margin at Monday’s city council meeting, and followed lengthy discussions in committee prior to Monday’s vote.