Jasper County School District is looking to increase security for the upcoming school year.
In it's proposed budget, the school board has requested $35,000 to go towards hiring a fifth school resource officer and getting new equipment, including card-swipe technology.
The new resource officer will be stationed at the alternative school. The district is going to place one of the high school's three officers at the middle school, so both the high school and the middle school will have two officers each.
"For Jasper County, officers have proven to be very valuable," said Dr. Vashti Washington, superintendent.
According to Washington, officers have done a great job keeping drugs and weapons out of the schools.
"I have seen a decrease in activity since they have been placed in schools," Washington said.
The proposed budget will go before the school board for a final reading at their next meeting on May 28.
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