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County won’t get federal funds for armed deputies in schools

October 10, 2018

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county that plans to increase the number of armed deputies at its schools has learned it won’t be getting any federal grants to help cover the costs.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Tuesday that Lee County Schools officials learned about the lack of federal grant funding last week. The newspaper says the development has made uncertain the county’s plan to place six new law enforcement officers at district schools.

The county sheriff and superintendent proposed earlier this year that the district and county split the costs, and the county sought grant funding to cover its half of expenses. The district increased tax rates to boost revenue and earmarked about $280,000 for the officers. The school district says it’s now waiting to see what the county does next.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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