North Charleston presses ahead with plan for cops in elementary schools
North Charleston pressed ahead tonight with the mayor’s plan to put police officers in all elementary schools in the city, in advance of a Charleston County School Board vote next week on whether to allow the measure.
City Council authorized Mayor Keith Summey to ink an agreement with the school district, assuming the district will agree to let the city put police in the elementary schools. Some board members have raised objections, but Summey said “we have the votes” on the school board for Monday’s vote.
North Charleston’s City Council also voted to approve the $544,447 purchase of 20 Chevy Tahoe police pursuit vehicles, with which to equip the new school resource officers, in a no-bid contract with Crews Chevrolet of North Charleston. The no-bid deal will be more expensive than going through the state’s bidding pool, by about $28,000, and while some council members questioned the propriety of the arrangement they all ended up voting for the purchase.
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