Octorara rejects $40,000 grant for armed security officer

Parkesburg Gazette

AB17380Although the Octorara Area School District is one of only 36 in the state to be awarded a $40,000 safe schools grant to hire an armed security officer, the school board voted 5-4 not to accept the grant.

School board President Lisa Bowman, one of the no votes at the meeting on Monday, April 14, said saying no to the grant does not mean the district is saying no to hiring a security guard.

The proposed 2014-15 budget, to be voted on in June, includes funds to hire a subcontracted security officer. Superintendent Tom Newcome said he will initiate an online survey of district parents for more opinions about hiring an officer and whether the officer should be armed.

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