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Southwest Virginia districts get grants for school officers

September 30, 2018

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Several school districts in southwest Virginia, including one that wants to arm its workers, are among 33 statewide to receive grant money to hire more school resource officers or security officers.

The Roanoke Times reports Lee County is one of the winners of the combined $1.2 million in grant awards announced last week by the Criminal Justice Services Board.

The county voted over the summer to become Virginia’s first to arm its teachers and staff, but that plan has been blocked by state officials.

Lee County Superintendent Brian Austin says the district is discussing its options with legal counsel. As for the grant, Austin says the county will hire a school resource officer.

Wise County and the Norton school system also received grant funding, which mostly went to rural areas of the state.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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