High schools in St. Martin Parish have had school resource officers (SROs) on campus for several years and the general consensus is that the presence of uniformed deputies serves as a deterrent to student rowdiness while also giving youngsters another authority figure serving as a positive mentor.
Last week school board members debated at length a request to hire an additional SRO to be stationed on the Breaux Bridge Jr. High campus for the remainder of the current school session.
The debate rambled on, with impassioned presentations by the PTO president, a teacher representative and the BBHS SRO.
At one point one board member even suggested that the board consider hiring an SRO along with an additional teacher for not only BBJH but for SMJH, CJH and Parks Middle, even though the principals of the latter schools indicated they didn’t feel SROs were needed at this time.
The board finally approved the hiring of an SRO for BBJH, despite the fact that a Sheriff’s Office representative pointed out that there were no trained officers available to fill the slot.
So, as I understand it, a deputy will be assigned to monitor the campus for the remainder of the semester, but it’s not clear whether the board authorized the assignment of an SRO at BBJH for the 2009-10 session.
ECONOMIC STIMULUS . . .
The massive economic stimulus plan being thrashed about by President Obama and Congress is really a scary thing.
It’s such a complex and expensive thing and I have little confidence that our supposedly wise senators and representatives really have a handle on things and have little appreciation of how things work down on Main Street USA.
It calls to mind several quotes that have surfaced over the years regarding Washington efforts:
“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take everything you have.” — Barry Goldwater
“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” — Will Rogers
“Government is inherently incompetent, and no matter what task it is assigned, it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way possible.” — Charley Reese
“The government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See, if it weren’t for the government you wouldn’t be able to walk.’” — Harry Browne
THIS & THAT . . .
Mardi Gras – This weekend is the 63rd annual Rotary Mardi Gras Ball, which will be held in the spacious Cade Civic Center. The ball has taken place every year since 1947 and is noted for its lavish costumes. The event also serves as the Rotary Club’s main fund raising project.
One down and five to go. Got through my first 5½-hour chemo treatment last Thursday in surprisingly easy fashion. Slept like a baby that night and felt pretty good on Friday. But by Saturday it seemed like I had been run over by a train ... completely worn out with no appetite at all. Sunday was a little better and Monday even more so. Hopefully things will continue to improve and I’ll be closer to 100 percent by the end of the week.