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Local School District Says It Will Pay For Campus Security Despite Funding Cut

The Stafford Municipal School District says it will have resource officers on campus at the start of the school year, even though the city council has eliminated the money

The Stafford School District is funded by the City of Stafford. Earlier this week, the Stafford City Council cut funding for three school resource officers.

After paying for those officers for years, the Stafford Police Department now says that state law requires the school district to pay.

Christopher Caldwell is president of the Stafford Municipal School District’s Board of Trustees. He said they are hoping to work something out with the city and they also want to assure parents their school will be secure.

“The first day of school, we will have three officers on campus,” explained Caldwell. “We’re not sure how we’re going to do it but we know we will make it happen.”

The district says the cost of the officers amounts to a little over $185,000 a year. Caldwell says if the school has to come up with that money, they may have to make cuts elsewhere.

The board is planning a special meeting to discuss the issue on Thursday.

We reached out to the City of Stafford but didn’t hear back before deadline.

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