Officer starts work at Johnsonville Middle School

January 31, 2019

JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. – Johnsonville Middle School now has a school resource officer on site. Florence County School District Five Superintendent Randy Smiley said Jamie McClean was hired by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and will now serve the school.

McClean’s first day in the district was Monday.

“You know, we got some grant money that allowed us to hire another SRO,” Smiley said. “And that SRO will be primarily at the middle school, while also being at the elementary a little bit.”

The new position was funded through a three-year state department grant that covered salary and equipment.

“The sheriff’s department has provided us an automobile for her, which is great,” Smiley said. “So we really appreciate that.”

Smiley said at a board meeting on Monday that the district has received additional funding that will allow for extra security improvements that include swipe systems at the school’s cafeteria doors. The district’s cafeteria doors did not have the swipe card entrances that all of the other doors have.

The additional funding will also allow for cameras to be placed in areas that weren’t initially covered.

Florence County School District Five has also applied for federal E-Rate grant money. Smiley said the funding will ultimately mean faster computer connectivity.

“What we have now is very, very old,” he said. “So it’s just simply to replace that so that we’ll be able to run at a faster speed with our computers.”

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