For Jackson County Deputy Kyle Nosbisch, Wednesday continued like many other days over the past two months, headed into Melrose-Mindoro High School as part of his rounds. Nosbisch is Jackson County's school resource officer, covering 3 separate districts.
"I end up being in each district about three to four times a week," Deputy Nosbisch said.
It's part of a larger 2-month pilot program undertaking looking to shore up school safety. Nosbisch says in a short time, it's already showing signs of success.
"I've had a couple incidents now of kids approaching me to report things that have been going on and to report issues that have been going on outside of school," Nosbisch said.
His presence is meant to break down barriers between students and law enforcement, so if something serious comes up, they have a familiar face they can turn to right away.
"We have good kids here, and I'm sure every school that has had a tragedy thinks the same thing," Mel-Min Superintendent Del Deberg said. "So we're trying to prevent that from happening and this is a positive step."
The future of Jackson County's particular program is uncertain, however. Funding only allows Nosbisch to finish out the end of the school year. After that, they need to find the money to continue, otherwise come time for fall semester again, Deputy Nosbisch likely won't be in Jackson County Schools.
"It's a little frustrating," Nosbisch said. "I can't even count how many times in the last couple of months people thanking me for being here, thanking me for being in the schools... People want this to happen. I guess we're just waiting to see whether it comes through with funding."
At the end of the pilot program, data will be analyzed with school officials and plans will be made to appeal to the state and communities for funding to continue the program.