Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues

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Stafford School Board honors sheriff

Stafford Sheriff Charles Jett received a standing ovation at tonight’s School Board meeting.

The School Board presented Jett an award for increasing police presence in Stafford schools following the Sandy Hook massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

Jett put a deputy in each Stafford school in the week after the tragedy. When students returned to school after winter break, Stafford deputies checked in daily with those schools which don’t have school resource officers. Jett said that this heightened presence would continue indefinitely. There are school resource officers in all five Stafford high schools. The county’s eight middle schools share two resource officers, but Stafford supervisors have heard plans to add six deputies, so that there would be a deputy in each middle school too.

Jett said that he was “humbled” by the award.

“”Teachers, faculty open their doors, they open their arms,” Jett said. “We’re just very fortunate to be able to offer resources wherever we can.”