Huntsville area school systems have more schools than SROs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – School safety remains top of mind for parents of school-aged children. News 19’s investigative team reached out to the three major school districts in Huntsville and Madison for data on this year’s school resource officers.

Madison County Schools has 18 SROs in its district for the 2022-2023 school year. Madison County Schools (MCS) spokesperson Carter Watkins told News 19 that each SRO works a full 40 hours per week.

However, according to the district’s website, there are a total of 29 schools. Watkins says the district is currently in discussions with the sheriff’s office to acquire two additional SROs this school year.

MCS officers are paid through a joint agreement between the district and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Huntsville City Schools (HCS) says it has 25 School Resource Officers in its district for the 2022-23 school year. There are a total of 43 schools, some sharing one address, in the HCS system.

HCS spokesman Craig Williams did not disclose whether SROs in the Huntsville system are full-time employees. He also says the district has 70 campus security officers. However, it is unclear what being a campus security officer entails.

ORS for schools in the city of Huntsville are paid for under an agreement between the district and the Huntsville Police Department.

Based on the number of SROs compared to the total number of school buildings, it seems that officers should split their time between different schools.

Madison County and City of Huntsville schools say that due to safety concerns, they won’t specifically explain how it all works.

Madison City Schools did not respond to our request.


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