State funding will add four SROs to the Richland 2 schools. How many are there now? 23.
Fifteen elementary schools do not have SROs.
Do they need them?
Do you know what the risk of a student's being killed at school with a gun is? 1:614,000,000.
What will additional SROs cost?
In response to a question from Mr. Manning, Dr. Miley quoted figures of $130,000 for first-year capital costs per SRO, plus $55,000 in operating costs per SRO. That's $180,000 per SRO!!! The District contracts with the Richland County Sheriff's Department for SROs.
Whoa! Where is the padding???
While I'm not in favor of Richland 2 having its own police department (as did a junior college back in Illinois where I lived), it could probably provide an armed, trained, qualified, school security officer for $50,000 and about $10,000 or less in "operating costs".