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Jackson County School District Will Have Fewer School Resource Officers This Upcoming School Year

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In addition to some Jackson county students wearing uniforms this upcoming school year, some will notice the person who usually wears a solid green uniform is missing.

School resource officers or SROs have cost the board more than $400,000 in the past, which is a little more than $180,000 more than what the legislature allocates in Safe School money.

Superintendent Steve Benton proposed the Jackson county commission pay more than 25% of the cost, which they do now, but they declined.  Jackson County School district pays 75% of the cost.

The board voted last night to pay for seven school resource officers which is two less than last year.

The board will use $178,000 in safe school money they were allocated this year and use another $65,000 out of the general K-12 fund.

"It's unfortunate but that's just all the money we have and with the county commissioners not offering to help anymore, you know it leaves us no other choice," said Superintendent Steve Benton.

Riverside Elementary and Golson Elementary, who previously shared an officer, will now be without one this school year. Grand Ridge Middle and Sneads High school will now share one school resource officer.