HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - More deputies will be on school campuses for Houston County schools starting in the fall.
Monday, the Houston County Commission voted to approve a budget amendment that would help fund placing five deputies in county schools. This brings the system to a total of seven law enforcement officials to patrol schools.
"We're extremely excited about it," said Superintendent David Sewell.
Sheriff Donald Valenza says the decision was something he's advocated for - for years, "This is coming from my 39 years in the sheriff's department. Preventative is always better than reactive."
The school system and sheriff's office hope in the future they can add at least two additional officers so that each school is covered.
"I believe the state and federal government should step up and help us with this so we're not having to fund this out of money we need to be spending on educational needs," said Sewell.
The implementation of officers is effective Aug. 1 and will last for 18 months. The school system, sheriff's office, and county officials are looking at long-term solutions.