New Hanover Co. Commission has plan for funding elementary school deputies

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Submitted: Tue, 01/08/2013 - 3:28am
Updated: Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:17pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Last month, the New Hanover County School Board asked the county commission for funding to put a deputy in every elementary school.

Monday night, the board met and came up with a solution.

The sheriff is going keep the deputies currently in each elementary school.

The cost of nearly $635,000 is going to be shared between the county and the school system.

It is a price the county is willing to pay, but it is asking the city of Wilmington, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach to contribute their own officers if they can.

Wilmington police chief Ralph Evangelous said today he could provide four officers to help in the effort.

“The sheriff, the city, the beach towns, the school system have all worked together at the same time at the same level of energy to provide a real option in the short-term,” said county commission chairman Woody White.

White says the plan can work through the rest of the school year, but says this is a temporary solution.

‚ÄúThere is an expectation, I think in the short-term, that we have a presence. We’ve done that while saving a tremendous amount of tax dollars. Long-term we’re going to continue to see if that’s what we do or not,” said White.

The school board is set to discuss the proposal at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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10 Comments on "New Hanover Co. Commission has plan for funding elementary school deputies"

2015 years 8 months ago

“The cost of nearly $635,000 is going to be shared between the county and the school system”

At the last BofE meeting, the Board said they would not help out with funding for these officers….Has that changed or are they still expecting the Sheriff’s Office to fully provide for all these deputies

Guest Former LEO
2015 years 8 months ago

Better still, send as many school employees through firearms training and concealed carry course as will go. Several armed persons throughout the building in different places will be much more effective than one or two paid officers who might be anywhere but where they are needed.

2015 years 8 months ago

tax money spent on false security! Send the principle through a BLET course and let them carry. SAME THING except the cost of the course.

2015 years 8 months ago

Good ole phone auto correct!


School Employee
2015 years 8 months ago

The logic isn’t that bad to arm school personnel…if we were a law enforcement unit.

If you arm me, you better make me go to the range at least once a month if not more often. If I ever need my gun, I would need to be proficient enough to be able to use it while under pressure. If not… I might end up shooting a student.

But… I have a fellow teacher I know might shoot me if I mess up her planning period. So don’t give her a gun!

2015 years 8 months ago

You don’t need to go to the range once a month to be proficient. We don’t need marksmen. We need someone who can pull a pistol out and kill an intruder that comes in the door. I trust armed law abiding citizens as much as I do armed officers, who are basically armed citizens.

Guest dad
2015 years 8 months ago

First get the money. Once you get the money say you need more. No need for a plan on how to implement the money or how you are going to train, hire and use the deputies. Just get the money.

2015 years 8 months ago

Does this mean we will have to post a cop at every soccer game, movie, swim meet, or any other event, where a large number of children gather ? This is a huge waste of money.

In a rare,”Active Shooter” event, which seems to happen every other year, it seems like, the only real, logical defense, is to allow as many responsible, law-abiding citizens, to have Concealed Carry Permits.

To waste tens of thousands in the county, is to waste millions, in the state, and billions, throughout the country. Though the horrible shooting in Conn was tragic, more people are murdered just in the Washington / Baltimore area, every 15 days.

2015 years 8 months ago

One mentally unstable 20-year-old living in Connecticut, encouraged by his Mother to shoot guns as a recreation, arbitrarily chooses an elementary school for a mass murder shoot-out. So now elementary schools in North Carolina require armed deputy patrol at a large cost to taxpayers.
Is this just an emotional response? Does it provide any kind of needed or effective security?
Several other good points that have come under discussion since this tragedy:
(1) our youth are saturated with extreme violence on a daily basis by the world of entertainment (2) the majority of mass murder shoot-outs occur in gun free zones…

2015 years 8 months ago

that would be money and time better spent, as the law stands now you can’t even come on school grounds to pick up your children if you have a gun in your dash even though you’re a ccw, it’s time to update some out of touch laws, more law enforcement and bigger government hasn’t worked, let people be responsible for their own safety for a change.