Oconee Co. votes to add resource officers to elementary schools


OCONEE CO., SC (WSPA) – Following the Townville Elementary School shooting just one county away, the School District of Oconee County voted Monday to hire two new school resource officers to serve its elementary schools.

The district expects the officers to be hired by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

All middle and high schools in the district have dedicated resource officers but there is currently only one to serve the 10 elementary schools in the district.

The added officers will allow each to serve 3 or 4 schools in their area.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw told 7News last week that it will cost about $90,000 per officer.

“I think any child’s life is worth much more than that. So it is a small price to pay to really increase safety at our school,” Crenshaw said.

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