BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School System will soon hire 26 armed school resource officers for middle and high schools.
Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse proposed hiring school resources officers with local law enforcement rather than in-house. This will cost the school system nearly four million dollars.
The nearly four million dollar budget includes training, vehicles, guns and cooperation with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Baton Rouge Police.
Board member Evelyn Ware-Jackson asked to delay the vote to wait for more clarity about where money is being spent.
“It just feels rushed,” she said. “When I actually see the numbers, what the line items are, there are alot of questions.”
In an unanimous vote all members agreed time is of the essence and in the interest of school safety they needed to pass this now.
“I felt with the world we’re in and the situation we’re in, we had discussed this issue in the previous meeting so it’s not altogether foreign to us. I felt like we addressed it now,” said Board President David Tatman.
The school system will hire 13 EBRSO deputies and 13 BRPD officers.
It’s not yet clear how long it will take the district to fill all 26 positions.
The board also approved a 3,000-dollar bonus for all school staff. They will receive that check in December.