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How schools will add additional resources officers

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Sheriff Ed McMahon talks to SROs during a training session this summer. Sheriff Ed McMahon talks to SROs during a training session this summer.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Reinforcements are on the way for the officers assigned to New Hanover County Schools.

Superintendent Tim Markley said Tuesday that the district's request for grant money to help pay for School Resource Officers has been approved by the state.

The school board previously approved a minimum coverage plan for deputies to cover the county's elementary schools for the current school year. The year before, classes ended with an SRO on every campus.

Almost halfway through the school year, Markley said the wait for state money has been worth it.

"It's a multi-year grant, so it's not a one year and done kind of grant," he said. "That's going to be helpful for us in long-term planning."

Markley said the district already had money allocated for security, so now it can be spent on other school needs. One example is a second state grant for panic alarms.

A second round of applications is still open for SRO money, so Markley said he has to wait for the state to give the approved money to New Hanover County Schools. After that, he can work with the sheriff's office on assigning officers.

"We'll get them on board as fast as we can," Markley said.

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