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IW supervisors turn down SRO grant

Published 11:31am Friday, July 26, 2013

ISLE OF WIGHT—At the end of the string attached for a new full-time resource officer in Isle of Wight county elementary schools is a high price tag. So much so that the Board of Supervisors had to turn down the offer.

This past spring, IOW Sheriff Mark Marshall had sought a $50,000 grant from the state to get such a person.

“We applied for a position, and we received notification that requires board acceptance,” said Marshall. “The caveat required a match, and it was a significant. The amount is not just for salary and fringe benefits, but also expenses such as a car and equipment.”

In the first year, he said, the grant would have paid $28,710, but the county would also need to contribute $74,269. In the second year, the grant would have been $21,000, and it would have required the county pay almost $34,000. The third year’s grant would have been $14,000, with the local contribution being $41,000, and in the final year the grant would have been $7,100, with $48,000 contributed from the county.

“By the fifth year you’d pick up the whole amount,” said Marshall. “Given the economic climate of the county and revenues, they (the board members) made a decision they didn’t have the money in the checkbook to make that contribution.”

In response, IOW schools had this to say:

“We are disappointed that we will not receive the grant funding for the SRO that our school division desperately needs,” said Kenita Bowers, school spokeswoman. “In light of the tragedies that have taken place over the last year, our school division is continuing to put forth a strong effort to provide our students with a safe learning environment. We will continue to move forward with the measures that are already in place, however having another full-time SRO would have been an added benefit for our students and staff.”

Marshall assured that the two officers at the two high schools and the one alternating at middle schools remain in place for the school year.

Further, an officer travels back and forth from Carrsville to Hardy and Carrollton elementary schools.

Though not a fulltime presence, he said, “We are routinely in the schools daily, often several times a day.”

A satellite office with a computer has been set up at each site so the person can make reports without having to always return to headquarters.

  • skooch

    “In light of the tragedies that have taken place over the last year, our school division is continuing to put forth a strong effort to provide our students with a safe learning environment. We will continue to move forward with the measures that are already in place, however having another full-time SRO would have been an added benefit for our students and staff.”

    So what was she referring to?

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  • SlimPickens

    I.O.W County cannot afford Mark Marshall. New armory full of Firearms, 22 new police cars, the list goes on. Now Windsor has bought property on 460 for a municipal building, cannot afford to build right now so they pat thru the nose for an over valued house and intend to sink another small fortune into it to achieve their “compromised” vision. Add the plans to grow the force to 25 officers (for a Town with 3 stoplights…..? I don’t get it) Has anyone noticed the growing fleet of new Dodge Police cursers in the current parking lot? The County is out of control with the spending, the Police force is growing in the Town of Windsor and the County. Makes a man wonder??????

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    • RoyDeSoto

      Sheriff Marshall has spent a lot of money. The previous occupant of that office had neglected to keep up on things so a fix was needed. Or perhaps the Deputies could have resorted to responding on horseback and throwing rocks.

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      • SlimPickens

        Have not seen any of our law enforcement on horseback nor have I seen them throwing rocks or spears. I have seen our taxes go up, wayyyy up in the last couple years, more especially with Mark Marshall as our Sheriff. I saw Mark Marshall stand in front of the fair committee last year, 6 weeks before the event and tell the committee members he needed $16K to provide security, that security included the use of several para military devices like they use in New York City. Isle of Wight County cannot afford Mark Marshall. We are in the worst economy since 1980. When folks with real good jobs start living payday to payday it is not the time to ask for the moon and expect to get it. Yet I.O.W County has for the last 2 years. Time for some “real taxpayers” to govern our County.

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  • skooch

    What tragedies took place last year in IOW schools?

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