The Cherokee County School Board approved a three-year plan for school resource officer’s during their Tuesday meeting. The plan will place one officer in each of Cherokee County schools for a period of three years at a cost of $290,000. That cost is up $40,000 from the original $250,000 threshold originally set by the board.
Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver was in attendance at the meeting and stated that he felt like his office could work with those figures. The plan must now go before the Cherokee County Commission for final approval.
The new Program is a collaborative effort between the Cherokee County Commission, Board of Education and the Sheriff’s Office.
Funding for the new SRO Program will come from all three entities. The Board of Education will fund salaries of the deputies assigned to the SRO Unit, the County Commission had already approved to fund the personnel benefit package and recurring expenses, and the Sheriff’s Office committed last year to provide all associated equipment.
More detailed information will be posted on Wednesday