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Commissioners talk about paying for SRO for every school

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Commissioners are moving forward with plans to put a school resource officer in every New Hanover County school through the school year.

Prior to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in New Hanover County, only high schools and middle schools had a dedicated SRO. At elementary schools in the county, SRO's split time between the elementary school.

Following the tragedy, Sheriff Ed McMahon called for dedicated SROs in all county schools. This would require hiring new officers.

Tonight, county commissioners laid out a few options on how to pay for this for the remainder of the school year.

According to numbers from the county, each officer would cost around $28,500.

At a meeting Thursday night, county commissioners seemed to favor a plan that calls for splitting the cost between local towns and agencies.

Here's how it would break down:

-Wrightsville Beach (1 SRO) = $28,500

-Carolina Beach (1 SRO) = $28,500

-Wilmington (4 SROs) = $114,000

-New Hanover County (7 SROs) = $103,409

-New Hanover County Schools (11 SROs) = $323,000

Commission Chairman Woody White said he thinks the county has the support to make this plan work.

"I feel very comfortable and confident that we're going to solve this for this school year and then have a policy for next school year after we have the benefit of a national dialogue," said White.

"There is no price on having the comfort and the security of we want our children safe," said Sheriff Ed McMahon, who is happy that commissioners and the school board are working to fund the plan.

Commissioners will vote on this at a meeting on Monday.

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