GREENSBORO, N.C. – After the Parkland school shooting, North Carolina lawmakers decided to offer $12 million in state grants to put more school resource officers in classrooms, but 2 Wants To Know (2WTK) has uncovered through public record requests that both Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools did not apply for the grants to protect your children.
A Guilford County Schools spokesperson says the grants were not enough money to be feasible. The program capped the award for each school at $33,333. That came with a required 2 to 1 local match. Meaning for every $2 the state gave the local district would have to pay $1. With the local match, that’s up to $50,000 per school award. Guildford County says their SRO positions run more like $70,000 per year. So that’s still a lot of money the local district would have been forced to come up with.