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Del. Cole files bill to place an officer in every school

RELATED: New Hanover County (N.C.) schools voted to spend $200,000 to evaluate its school safety and security issues in the wake of the Newtown shooting, the Associated Press reports today.

New Hanover schools to undergo safety review

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The New Hanover County Board of Education will spend up to $200,000 for a security and safety review of all 47 buildings in the district.

That review comes after last month’s deadly attack at an elementary school in Connecticut. It will include looking at issues including the handling of crisis communications, school vulnerability and staff training. It will also look at safety risks in the buildings.

The board on Tuesday also agreed that sheriff’s deputies can be posted at all elementary schools in the district through the end of the school year. The county commissioners earlier this week approved money for the officers. County officials estimate it will cost about $600,000.


 Del. Mark Cole has filed a bill aimed at getting a full-time police officer in every school to improve school safety.

Check out Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis’ report.

The bill is in response to last month’s school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Spotsylvania currently has one officer assigned to each middle and high school. Those officers periodically check in at the 17 elementary schools in the county.

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