School Board approves agreements with CCSO, HPD, new school policy

The Christian County School Board approved a new policy at Thursday’s to make way for ‘open borders’ between districts, and approved contracts with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department and Hopkinsville Police Department for School Resource Officers.

The agreements between CCSO and HPD for the 2022-2023 school year would make it so the district would have a fourth sheriff’s deputy and the department would focus on the elementary schools, with Assistant Superintendent Josh Hunt saying it will make it so each school has more security.

He says HPD would cover the secondary schools, including Gateway Academy—the goal is to eventually have it so each school has a School Resource Officer on campus at all times during the school day.

That was approved unanimously by the board. The board approved policy that would allow non-resident students to attend CCPS, or Christian County students attend another district.  Superintendent Chris Bentzel says that’s in line with Kentucky Revised Statutes, after that ‘open borders’ policy was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.

He says they’ve already received some calls from families interested in sending their children to CCPS. In other action, the board approved increasing the number of direct purchase orders for the Hopkinsville-Christian County Academy project up to 150.