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Clarke County Discusses New School Resource Officer

10 October 2018 News

Clarke County Officials are trying to determine whether or not they should accept a state grant for a School Resource Officer at the Johnson-Williams Middle School.

County Administrator David Ash was notified of the grant just recently; it comes from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and has been approved to help cover an officer’s salary and benefits at a total of $69,509. However, actual state funds for this officer will only amount to $31,237, while the remainder of over $38,000 would have to be covered by the county. Additionally, the grant is only for a year, and it’s unclear if the state would help fund it again in the future.

Clarke County Public Schools currently only has one School Resource Officer, who is stationed at its high school.  While Clarke’s Finance Committee is recommending that the county take the money for a second officer, the Board of Supervisors will still discuss the matter during its October 16, 2018 meeting.

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