sam's notes

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Guilford County commissioners will likely debate whether or not the
Guilford County school system will get another school resource officer (SRO). The item is on the consent agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting. But given the controversy surrounding the issue, it likely will be pulled, probably by commissioner Skip Alston.

The estimated cost for the extra officer, including salary, fringe benefits and equipment is $110,000. The additional position will allow full-time SROs at Allen Jay and Southwest Middle Schools, which have currently been sharing an SRO.

The way I read it, the funding will come out of the school systems’ budget to be paid to the sheriffs’ department. The mystery here is the school board, not that I can remember, has not publicly authorized this expenditure. That was the bone of contention between Alston and board member Anita Sharpe at the last commissioners’ meeting. I’m sure Alston will want to get to the bottom of the issue at this meeting.

The schools also want to move some money around for various projects. This money became available "due to favorable bids, untapped contingencies and/or sales tax refunds...." The biggest chunk is $660,000 the system wants moved form projects at several schools in order to purchase 22 acres of land off Pleasant Ridge Road on which to build a new "Northwest area" elementary school.


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