CCSD Board votes to start negotiations to add SROs in every district school

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees voted on Monday to authorize CCSD staff to start the process of placing school resource officers on every CCSD campus.

The CCSD School Board's vote Monday night means district staff will start negotiations with local law enforcement agencies in the near future.

A spokesperson from the school district said they are working with five local law enforcement agencies: Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Charleston Police Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Sullivan's Island Police Department and North Charleston Police Department.

Currently, every high school and middle school in the district already has SROs on campus. This new plan would add SROs to every elementary school as well.

"Currently the City of North Charleston provides SRO's for its elementary schools, the Town of Mount Pleasant started placing SRO's in its elementary schools this year, and the City of Charleston has the School Security Response Team, which is a police unit separate from the SROs," CCSD spokesperson Andy Pruitt said. "These 19 officers, patrol and visit both public elementary and private schools within the City of Charleston. These officers are solely focused on physical protection and tactical response to school-based incidents."

Before SROs are added to campuses, the school board must approve the annual budget for the school district.

CCSD School Board members also voted on the first reading of that budget Monday night. They will vote on the second reading of the budget on May 21.

SROs could be added to all CCSD campuses as early as the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

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