|Published:||Jan 14, 2013 10:40 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 14, 2013 11:40 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, FL-- Cpe Coral takes new steps to keep its charter schools safer by adding a full time School Resource Office to patrol the four campuses.
Tonight the City Council quickly voted to make sure the charter schools are as safe as they can possibly be.
"It truly is something that is necessary, unfortunately it is necessary," said council member Kevin McGrail.
A month after the devastating shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, Cape city leaders approved one police officer to to protect just the Cape Charter Schools.
"As horrid as that situation was, it opened everyone's eyes up to what is the potential," said McGrail.
Lee County Public Schools have had SRO's patrolling school for years, but it left out the Cape's charter school campuses.
Tonight the council approved officer Gene Raphael to watch over the Oasis and Christa McAuliffe campuses.
"The important thing that they do is establish relationships with the students and parents and help with day to day conflicts that occur," said Cape Coral Charter School's administrator Lee Bush.
The price tag for one officer to start now through the remainder of the school year will cost $40,000.
"It is going to be a cost shared between the charter school system and the police department," said McGrail.
The charter schools receive nearly $56,000 in state funds for security and in addition to the officer they recently added another set of doors at the oasis campus to limit accessibility inside.
"We have a school discipline person who handles in school suspensions for us and we use that money for electronic locks on campus and other security measures," said Bush.
Ideally the school administrators and police would like at least one SRO at each charter campus, but the council will have to discuss that when they discuss next year's budget.
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