DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester District Two is attempting to keep local law enforcement members as school resource officers.
On Tuesday afternoon, the school board voted to approach Dorchester County Council with a 1 mill tax increase proposal, which would generate more than $400,000.
District Spokesperson Pat Raynor said the money would allow the district to retain all its school resource officers, and add two or three additional officers. This past school year, 13 school resource officers from the Sheriff's Office and the Summerville Police Department were stationed at schools.
Earlier this month, the district announced it would hire its own internal security team in lieu of police officers and deputies in order to save money. However, Raynor said the use of local law enforcement is "preferable."
County Council will have a first reading on the measure at their next meeting on Monday.
In addition, the school board approved a $500 dollar incentive for all district bus drivers – both current and in training.