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Public to weigh-in on funding DD2 school officers, as council has third reading


Dorchester County council will hold a public hearing and third reading on whether the county should fund resource officers for Dorchester District Two schools. 

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at Summerville Council Chambers. That's located at 520 North Main Street. 

County council is looking to approve a one mill tax increase to help supply SRO's, or School Resource Officers.

That would be taxed based on the value of your home or vehicle. It would mean about $6 dollars on a $150,000 home.

Officers with Summerville, North Charleston police departments and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office currently supply officers in all DD2 high schools and some middle schools. 

The extra mill would allow the district to enhance the program and add officers in elementary schools, too.

It's already passed two readings. The first reading was on July 6. The second reading was on July 21.

Earlier this year, the district considered an in-house security option as a cost saving measure, but decided to stick with getting officers from police departments because they said it was the best option for student protection.

The first day of school for students in DD2 is August 17.

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