School board designates funds to keep deputies in every school

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 07:41 PM.

Monday night’s decision marks the second time the board voted to designate additional funding for SROs. They also provided money during last school year after Ashley put SROs into all schools following the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Board member Melissa Thrush voted against the additional funding but not because she doesn’t believe SROs are important in schools, she said.

“I do not believe we should be using nonrecurring reserve funds to purchase SROs,” Thrush said.

Board member Cathy Thigpen was absent from the meeting.

Even with the additional funding, the district will not be covering even half of the cost of 40 deputies placed around the county.

In the past, the district has covered half the cost of SROs in its schools.

When Thrush pointed out the $1.1 million didn’t actually cover half the costs, board chairman Rodney Walker said that Ashley had committed to covering the difference in funding so no school would go without a deputy.

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