New Diana, TX (Longview News-Journal) — When New Diana students go back to school this year, they will notice one big difference from previous years.
Two full-time school resource officers will be on duty at the campuses starting Aug. 19, according to Superintendent Carl Key. One officer will be stationed at campuses east of U.S. 259 while the other officer will be stationed at the school west of U.S. 259, Key said.
Beginning his second year as superintendent of New Diana ISD, Key said the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department has hired two new deputies, with New Diana ISD paying their salaries.
“We entered into a partnership agreement with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department where we will be provided two school resource officers,” Key said. “They will be our go-to guys when it comes to after-hour security during football games or any other event.”
Upshur County Commissioners approved the allotment of two resource officers May 31 in a split vote. County Judge Dean Fowler cast the deciding vote to approve New Diana’s request for the officers. New Diana ISD must pay $45,000 per officer, according to the Commissioners Court meeting.
A community with no police department of its own, New Diana ISD has had deputies on campus before — one deputy each Thursday in the past.
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