SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – Every middle school in the Johnston County Public Schools system will have a school resource officer thanks to a $120,820 from the Johnston County Board of County Commissioners.
The Board voted to allot the money towards the SROs on Monday.
The SROs will be deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
“As Sheriff, I’m excited that we will be hiring seven additional deputy sheriffs to be assigned to the middle schools in our county. Public safety is the number one priority of government, and as we saw last night, the partnership between the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, Johnston County Board of Education, and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office remains strong,” Sheriff Steve Bizzell said.
JCPS is receiving a grant through the Center for Safer Schools to help provide SROs at middle and elementary schools.
“We appreciate the partnership among the members of our Board of Education, County Commissioners, and the Sheriff’s Department. As we grow and continue to focus on educating our students, their safety is just as critically important to their well-being,” said Dr. Ross Renfrow, superintendent.
System officials said the goal is to have SROs remain at Johnston County high schools all day the officers at middle school can service elementary schools.