NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – School Resources Officers are a must in New Hanover County Schools, according to a recent security assessment.
Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent of NHCS, asked URS Corp. for a preliminary recommendation about SROs in time for the budget process.
According to the letter Markley shared with the County Manger and Board of Commissioner Chairman, URS suggests continuing the support that would stop at the end of this school year.
Each of the 26 elementary schools across the county has its own SRO.
The Board of Education unanimously supported a minimal coverage plan of 11 deputies floating between schools earlier this year.
The preliminary report from URS reads in part
"…the team felt consistently that having the SROs at each of the schools has contributed to the safety, security and well-being of students, faculty and staff."
A Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Team interview principals, teachers and SROs at each school about several topics, according to the recommendation letter.
A spokesperson for NHCS said the Board of Education will discuss the recent recommendation at an upcoming meeting.
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