Brooks County Schools Cutting Security to Save Money

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By Greg Gullberg
May 16, 2013

Quitman, GA - Most parents would agree, students should be focused on education at school but safety needs to be a part of the curriculum. But finances at one local school district have changed the way security is handled at the schools. Now some parents in Brooks County, Georgia are concerned for student safety.

The School Board voted to cut all School Resource Officers. SROs as they're called, are responsible for the security of the schools. They're cutting the positions to save $50,000 a year. The Sheriff's department pays the other half of their salaries.

Board member Brad Shealy says they want to work with the Sheriff about making other arrangements. But Sheriff Mike Dewey says no one has reached out to him about it. And he calls the vote "Not a smart move on the school's part".

Sheriff Dewey has requested a meeting with the school board to reconsider. But as of Thursday night he says they have not responded.

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