The Harrison County Board of Education is taking steps to protect students at Salem Elementary School.
The Division of Corrections held a town hall meeting in Salem on Wednesday, March 20 to address changing the Industrial Home for Youth into a minimum to maximum security prison for adults.
On Tuesday night, School Board President Mike Queen advised the Board of Education about the upcoming changes.
Queen said he hopes to get a Prevention Resource Officer at Salem Elementary School before school starts in August to ensure the safety of students.
"We're really concerned that there will be a 400 bed medium security adult prison now located half a mile from our school. I personally would like to see a PRO arrangement with the Division of Corrections, the city, and the school board, but at this time we're going to take a wait and see approach," said Queen.
The board also decided to continue the paid suspension of Washington Irving Middle School Vice President Brian Scott Hage.
It suspended Hage with pay pending an investigation into a charge of child abuse or neglect creating risk of injury.