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Closed Session Tonight To Discuss SRO's At Every Stokes Co. School

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Walnut Cove, NC -- On Monday night, the Stokes County Board of Education and Stokes County Commissioners held a meeting to discuss school and public safety.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, Stokes County put a school resource officer at every one of its schools, including 13 elementary schools.

Last month, the Stokes County Board of Education requested $350,000 to put a school resource officer at every school in the county permanently.

Read: Stokes Co. Board Of Education Asks For Up To $350K, More School Security

The chairman of the school board, Mike Rogers told News 2 there was no debate. There will be a school resource officer at every school in Stokes County from now until the end of this school year.

Jessica Byerly is a parent of a 4th grader in Stokes County.

"My husband and I both work. We're both commuters so we're at most an hour away every single day," Byerly said. "Knowing that we're going to have security at all the schools, it's great. It's wonderful."

The county and the school system will both pay for the plan. However, county commissioners did not approve the board's $350,000 funding request.

They want the sheriff's office to evaluate how much money it'll take to give every school the same level of protection. This new plan means that an SRO will be at every elementary school every day, but not necessarily all day.

Mike Rogers, the chairman of the Stokes County Board of Education said, "We're just increasing that presence--not to an extreme, but just to a manageable number at the discretion of Sheriff Mike Marshall and the Stokes County Sheriff's Department."

There will be other security measures added to the schools as well, but the board is keeping that part of the plan a secret.

Rogers did tell News 2 that over Christmas break, South Stokes High School got a total security makeover. The lock and key system was upgraded and the SRO was given a master key.

Chief Deputy Craig Carico with the Stokes County Sheriff's Office told News 2's Liz Crawford that before the Newtown shooting, they had SRO's at every high school and one that rotated between the middle schools.

Carico said the sheriff's office "will do whatever it takes to protect our children."

Guilford County and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools have SRO's in all traditional middle and high schools. The chairman of the Guilford County School Board says they're currently not looking to add SRO's to elementary schools.

A spokesman with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth District said it's likely that SRO's in elementary schools will be talked about in the near future.

WFMY News 2

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