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County ABC Board Donates $100,000 For School Security


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NEW HANOVER CTY - The New Hanover County ABC Board donated $100,000 to the County School Board to fund school security measures. The donation was announced during the County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday January 22.
County Commissioner Thomas Wolfe explained, "I'm very proud that our local ABC Board decided that in view of the current situation with the safety involved with the schools that they have made a one-time profit distribution over and above what they will normally give of $100,000 towards this fund. The ABC Board can designate this $100,000 but it has to be divided according to a profit distribution and given" to local governments.
Wolfe said the ABC Board requested that New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrighsville Beach, "Take these funds that they received and use those for this security issue. I'm pleased to say that all have done so."
Wolfe presented a check to the School Board while thanking City of Wilmington Mayor Pro-Tem Earl Sheridan, Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis and Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti.
The funds will be used to help fund security officers at all elementary schools in the County.
The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve spending $635,000 to place School Resource Officers at all public schools throughout the end of the school year at their January 7, meeting. Part of the cost will be split between the County and the School System with municipalities chipping in to cover some of the cost with additional officers.
The Carolina Beach Town Council voted January 8th to hire an additional police officer for Carolina Beach Elementary School.
In the wake of the Friday December 14, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut resulting in the deaths of twenty students and six staff members, New Hanover County Schools are taking additional steps to ensure security at area schools.
Wilmington police chief Ralph Evangelous said four of his officers would be provided at area schools.
New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White explained Monday January 7, the funding approved by their board will provide a short-term solution for the remainder of the school year, but more work will be needed to find a long-term solution.
There are already school resource officers at high school and middle schools throughout the County. The combined efforts of the County, School Board and municipalities will help place officers at all elementary schools.