Eastside & Clinton Elementary to Share One S.R.O.

School District 56 has applied to the state for grants to fund two School Resource Officers (SROs) to cover Eastside and Clinton elementary schools.  Assistant Superintendent Dr. David Pitts informed the school board this week that he received an email Monday afternoon regarding that grant application. He said one of the two grants was approved.

Dr. Pitts said that with Clinton Elementary and Eastside Elementary only about one mile apart, this one new SRO’s time will be divided between these  two schools, spending parts of each day at each school, and also being ready to respond quickly if needed at the other school.

Pitts noted that Superintendent Dr. David O’Shields and District 56 Finance Director Susan Flanagan have applied to the SC Department of Education for this SRO sharing plan, and permission to implement the plan has already received. He said that as a result, there is coverage by a police officer at all District 56 schools, serving 5K through 12th grade, with two elementary schools sharing one SRO.

District 56 also added an SRO for Joanna-Woodson Elementary this year, which is funded by the district budget.

Dr. Pitts called this an “interesting allocation from the state.” He noted this is the first time he is aware of that the state has elected to pay for a product or service directly, instead of providing the funds to the district. This grant will pay directly to the City of Clinton for the provision of a school resource officer. Therefore, the funds will not affect the budget of District 56. David Pitts said the state is saying that these are recurring funds, meaning they should be available in the future. To that portion of the grant Dr. Pitts simply stated: ”We’ll see. I’m waiting on that.”