MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Dr. Eric Mackey attended his first state board of education meeting as state superintendent.
His first item of business was school safety.
"The most important factor that parents want to know is that when their child either is dropped off at school or gets on that school bus every day that they're gonna be in a safe, secure learning environment. That is our number one priority," Mackey said.
To make schools a safe learning environment, he wants student resource officers (SROs) at every school.
"We're going to move towards SROs in all of our schools, but that is a very expensive endeavor and an SRO essentially costs about as much as a start up teacher," Mackey said.
An SRO can actually cost anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000.
"And we need to plan for how to do that, and we need to know how to fund that," Mackey said.
Mackey also touched on the current status of Montgomery Public Schools, saying things are looking up.
"We do have one more lawsuit that's been filed that we got to get off the table but we feel like we've got a strong position going into that and that we'll be successful in winning that case just as we have all the others," Mackey said.
Another item of business was approving the hiring of Lowndes county superintendent, Dr. Daniel Boyd. He will be the new deputy state superintendent of instruction.