Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Deanna Ashby and Madisonville Police Officer Tyrone Gregory have been appointed to the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers Executive Board.
“We are excited about this opportunity,” Ashby said. “Across the state, the number of SROs has increased from 271 to 405, and is still growing.”
Hopkins County Schools has been a leading part of that growth. The district has more than doubled the number of school resource officers to 11 as a result of partnerships between the district and MPD and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.
Ashby, an educational adviser for KYASRO, is the first school superintendent to serve on the board. Gregory is the Region 1 representative.
“We are working on increasing the partnership and collaboration between law enforcement and educators,” Ashby said. “KYASRO joined the Kentucky Association of School Administrators this past summer for a joint state conference for professional learning and networking.”
Gregory, who is the school resource officer at Browning Springs Middle School, said serving on the board is a great opportunity.
“It shows that people are looking at the partnerships we have between law enforcement and schools in Hopkins County to see where they want to go with their programs,” he said.
The district’s “footprint” of resource officers in the schools is well-respected in the state, Ashby said.
“Officer Gregory and I feel this is a great opportunity to affect not only the kids of Hopkins County, but also to have a lasting impact on kids all across the state,” she said.