Carteret County's public school system is proposing to add security officers in all of its schools.
Only three of the county's sixteen schools have school resource officers, namely, the high schools. But now the school system wants officers in elementary and middle schools too.
Superintendent Dan Novey says it could cost anywhere from $300,000 to $800,000 per year, depending on whether the officers are full- or part-time.
The school is also considering more cameras in schools, cameras and GPS tracking systems on school buses, and entry restrictions at schools, such as fobs and card readers. The school system is expected to submit these proposals in their budget request to county commissioners on March 22.
The amped up security measures were sparked in part by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre on December 14, 2012 in which 20 students and six school staff members were killed.
"The thought of a shooting in a school at one time was a foreign thought. However, it's a different world," said Dr. Dan Novey, the superintendent of Carteret County Public Schools.
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