School board votes to fund officers

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 03:32 PM.

She and chairman Rodney Walker exchanged some heated barbs. She asked him what had changed since the beginning of the year to make the funding such a priority.

“Twenty-something people were killed, that’s what’s different,” Walker said. “None of us wish that we were living in the atmosphere that we’re now living in, but it’s here.”

Board member Cindy Frakes said the board should ask parents what they are willing to give up to fund the officers.

"Somebody’s got to give up something and we’ve got to find out what they’re willing to give up,” she said.

County Commissioner Dave Parisot told the school board it should completely foot the bill for the resource officers and the county should not be asked to chip in any funds.

He also said he is not sure the resource officers will necessarily be effective to prevent school shootings.

“A deputy is a single individual that can only be in one place at one time,” he said.

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