Bertram Elementary School to get school resource officer

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

BERTRAM — Bertram Elementary School students will see an increased police presence on campus this school year.

The Bertram City Council on July 23 allowed Mayor Dickie Allen to sign an agreement with the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District to have a school resource officer (SRO) on campus four hours a week.

“(We would) teach a class, eat lunch with (the students), direct traffic, be seen,” Bertram Police Chief Tracy Weems said.

The agreement is part of BCISD’s larger plan to provide a SRO to all of its campuses.

Weems said the district will pay $7,200 to the department to cover the cost of officers being on campus for the year.

The SRO in Burnet will spend most of his or her time at Burnet High School and Burnet Middle School with weekly visits to Burnet and R.J. Richey elementary schools. The SRO also will attend home football games and other contests when a large number of fans will be in attendance.

In other action during the council’s regular meeting, the board accepted Robbie Shader’s resignation as municipal court clerk. Shader submitted her resignation July 3 to retire. The city swore in Paula Hook to replace Shader on July 23.

jared@thepicayune.com