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New Hanover Co. schools move forward with bond referendum, school resource officers plan approved

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County schools are moving forward with plans for a bond referendum that voters would consider on the November ballot.

Preliminary numbers show the school board wants around $284 million to make improvements to schools. However, it's likely that won't be the final figure.

New Hanover County Commissioners must approve the bond referendum and the dollar amount. At its meeting Tuesday, the school board decided to send a letter to commissioners, asking them to attend a joint meeting to talk about the district's needs.

Board Chair Don Hayes said it's likely that the school board will tweak how it could spend the money from the referendum, if passed, based on an upcoming security assessment. 

Also at its meeting, the board approved spending $200,000 to hire a consulting firm to do a security assessment at all 41 sites. Hayes said that will help the board prioritize its list of needs. 

The board took other measures to keep schools safe tonight. It voted to spend up to  $317,000 to put school resource officers in every school in the district through the end of the year.

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