The Greencastle School Board is looking to hire a full-time police officer to oversee security at all of the corporation's buildings beginning this school year.
Supt. Bob Green told members of the board Wednesday night that this individual would be a full-fledged officer, meaning he or she would be required to go through the police academy and would likely be armed with a weapon just like a regular police officer would.
Arming the officer, Green said, would be not only for the safety of the officer but for the students he or she is charged to protect.
"This is the day and age we live in," he said.
School officials will be interviewing potential candidate next week and hope to bring a name to the August school board meeting.
One officer will be selected and will handle security for all buildings in the corporation. He or she will be paid partly by grants, in addition to drawing a portion of his or her salary from the corporation's transportation fund and capital improvements fund.