In a proactive move aimed at bolstering campus safety, Collegedale Academy welcomed Officer Eatmon as its school resource officer (SRO) on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. The decision comes after a unanimous vote from parents during a recent school safety town hall meeting, the approval of the school board, and with the full support and partnership of the Collegedale City Commission.
Brent Baldwin, Collegedale Academy head of school, emphasized the school’s commitment to the safety of its students, stating, “Safety is our number one priority, and the addition of Officer Eatmon as our school resource officer is a significant step towards achieving that goal. He promised, if it came down to it, he will do everything he can to keep our kids safe.”
Officer Cordario Eatmon, known to students as “Officer C,” brings a passion for fostering positive connections between law enforcement and the student body. In a statement, he expressed his commitment to building trust and understanding within the school community, stating, “My goal is to develop a positive and approachable presence on campus between students and law enforcement. I pursued this SRO position because I wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of young people.”
The decision to hire an SRO was not taken lightly and was the result of a thorough and collaborative process between Collegedale Academy and Collegedale city officials. Officer Eatmon’s position is unique in that his salary will be covered by the school during the 10 months that school is in session, and the remaining two months he will work with the city. “We are able to have somebody here that’s part of Collegedale Police,” noted Baldwin, “without the need for any taxpayer money.”
With Officer Eatmon’s appointment, Collegedale Academy looks forward to furthering its mission of providing an exceptional and secure educational experience for all students while building positive relationships within the campus.
Georgia-Cumberland | February 2024