Sheriff's deputies will man Boone County elementary schools full-time next year

BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The Boone County Board of Education, the Walton Verona Independent School District, the Boone County Fiscal Court, and the Boone County Sheriff's Office are announcing they will be manning elementary schools with a sheriff's deputy full-time in the upcoming school year.

Dr. Randy Poe, Superintendent Robert Storer, Judge-Executive Gary Moore, Commissioners Cathy Flaig, Charles Kenner, Charlie Walton, and Sheriff Michael A. Helmig worked to develop a plan to equip every Boone County public elementary school with a school resource officer for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Boone County Sheriff and the School District are splitting the cost of the resource officer's presence.

"We listened to the parents out there. The taxpayers, the parents... they had concerns that their babies are in these schools and they're not protected," Tom Sheben said.

He said the outpouring of support for the program has been overwhelming.

Scheben said retired law enforcement officers will be recruited to man the program for the 2018-19 school year.

Essentially, it is a permanent solution to the stopgap measure announced on Feb. 23, a plan to outfit deputies in the elementary schools until the end of this school year.

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"The existing plan has been met with great appreciation from our community," says Superintendent Poe. "Therefore, our Board of Education has worked with the Sheriff's Department to make it permanent moving forward."

A news release on the matter concluded as such:

All the aforementioned realized the importance of protecting our youngest and worked toward that goal together to finance, hire & equip the additional personnel, and train them to be in place in the Fall.

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