Grundy County Schools “miscommunication” with sheriff’s office

GRUNDY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Grundy County Schools released a statement on a miscommunication between the schools and the sheriff’s office.

The Grundy County Sheriff stated that he was turned away from Coalmont and Tracy City Elementary Schools last week.

The sheriff’s office said they were responding to 911 calls from both schools.

However, the Director of Schools for Grundy County said it was just a miscommunication.

The supposed 911 calls happened on March 2. Director Dr. Donald Durley said there were no actual 911 calls from either school on that date.

He said the most recent 911 call was from Coalmont Elementary on February 28 about a “school-related matter.”

Durley also said that on February 28, the deputy informed school administration of a proposed safety inspection. He said the administration asked the officer to coordinate the inspection through the Central Office. This is based on the school “board’s policies governing non-school personnel in the schools.”

Then, on March 2, Sheriff Gunter visited the two schools to perform safety inspections. Durley said both administrations asked Sheriff Gunter to coordinate the inspections through the Central Office.

Dr. Durley said Grundy County Schools is creating a Memorandum of Understanding for school resource officers. He believes this will better the communications between the schools and the sheriff’s office.

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