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School resource officer grant won't be awarded

Updated: Thursday, August 1 2013, 07:02 PM EDT

By Jon Rudder

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va - Brooke County Schools will not benefit from a grant that provides funding for school resource officers this fall, but local officials are exploring ways to keep officers in the school

The Sheriff's Department staffs an officer at both Wellsburg and Follansbee middle schools and Brooke High School.

The loss of grant money could potentially leave them without an officer at Follansbee, but Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson says that he's not going to let that happen.

Losing an officer at any of the schools is hardly what Jackson wants to see.

"We will do everything we can to keep the officers in the school, that's without question," Jackson said. "Under my administration, there will always be an officer at Brooke High School even if I have to fund it out of my own budget."

Jackson is looking for other ways to secure funding and said that the Sheriff's Department will work closely with the school board to find a solution.

"(Brooke Superintendent Kathy Kidder-Wilkerson) ensured that she will do everything to help in this matter and I have no doubt that but to believe that because they've always worked well with us," Jackson said. "It benefits them to have the officers in the school, it benefits the community to have the officers in the school and it benefits the Sheriff's department to have the officers in the school."

Jackson said that the grant provided about 20 percent of the funding for the officers, the school board providing another 30 percent and the Sheriff's Departmentsupplying the additional 50 percent of the funding.

"The officers that are in the schools have very close ties to the students and these are the citizens of the future," Jackson said. "If those students can have a positive opinion of this Sheriff's Department, it goes a long way to helping us out down the road."

Brooke County Schools will not benefit from a grant that provides funding for school resource officers this fall, but local officials are exploring ways to keep officers in the school

The sheriff's department
Sheriff's Department staffs an officer at both Wellsburg and Follansbee Middle Schools middle schools and Brooke High School.

The loss of grant money could potentially leave them without an officer at Follansbee middle,
Follansbee, but Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson says that he's not going to let that happen.


Losing an officer at any of the schools is hardly what Jackson wants to see.


"We will do everything we can to keep the officers in the school, that's without question," Jackson said. "Under my administration, there will always be an officer at Brooke High School even if I have to fund it out of my own budget."

Jackson is looking for other ways to secure funding and said that the Sheriff's department
Department will work closely with the school board to find a solution.

"She (Brooke
"(Brooke Superintendent Kathy Kidder-Wilkerson) ensured that she will do everything to help in this matter and I have no doubt that but to believe that because they've always worked well with us," Jackson said. "It benefits them to have the officers in the school, it benefits the community to have the officers in the school and it benefits the Sheriff's department to have the officers in the school."

Jackson says
said that the grant provided about 20 percent of the funding for the officers, the school board providing another 30 percent and the Sheriff's department Department supplying the additional 50 percent of the funding.

"The officers that are in the schools have very close ties to the students and these are the citizens of the future," Jackson said. "If those students can have a positive opinion of this Sheriff's department,
Department, it goes a long way to helping us out down the road."

School resource officer grant won't be awarded


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