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Boone County, Walton Verona schools say sheriff will make officers permanent in elementary schools

The Boone County Board of Education, the Walton Verona Independent School District, the Boone County Fiscal Court, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office have announced 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 harmoniously to develop a plan to equip every Boone County public elementary school with a school resource officer for the 2018-2019 school year.

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

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

Everyone invoved realized the importance of protecting our youngest and worked toward that goal together to finance, hire and equip the additional personnel, and train them to be in place in the Fall, said Poe.

A joint press conference will be scheduled. Date, time and place to be announced.

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