The Alice city council met on Tuesday night and discussed the hiring of a new school resource officer. The council had previously agreed to enter into an agreement with the city over the hiring of an officer, but after further discussions it was decided the county would hire the officer and work on his training. Per the terms of the agreement, the county will provide the deputy, the training and the unit, while the city and AISD will split the cost of the deputy’s salary, which will total $50,000. AISD will also provide an office for the deputy.

This arrangement was approved by the Alice ISD school board on Monday night in there regularly scheduled meeting. According to council members, Orange Grove ISD has a similar arrangement. The actual agreement is a three pronged approach, with the county providing the deputy, the school providing an office and half of the salary and the city providing the other half of their salary.

This position will be a full-time position and according to Jim Wells County Sheriff Danny Bueno, the position will be posted “in-house” for the current school year.

The council also approved funds for Alice ISD to obtain a drug dog. The school system hopes that the dogs unannounced, weekly visits will deter drug usage and sales in the school. The city approved $3,000 for the maintenance and veterinarian bills for the canine.