Henderson County reimburses city for school resource officers
Henderson County will reimburse the town of Hendersonville more than $ 200,000 for school resource officers following a vote divided by the council of commissioners on Wednesday.
Commissioner Mike Edney proposed an agreement to reimburse the cost of ORS provided by the city at four public schools located within the city limits. The total reimbursement is $ 205,460 and is for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
Edney, President Bill Lapsley and Vice President Rebecca McCall voted in favor of the refund. Commissioners David Hill and Daniel Andreotta voted against the measure.
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Each school operated by the Henderson County Board of Education has an SRO, who is a sworn law enforcement officer working inside the school to help protect students.
As part of the agreement, the city will continue to provide ORS for schools operated by the school board within the city limits, using officers from the Hendersonville Police Department.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office covers all public schools outside the city limits of Hendersonville.
In 2018, the city asked the county for $ 480,000 to cover the costs of ORS in the city’s schools, but was refused. In 2019, the city asked for $ 201,445, which the county agreed to pay as long as HPD officers were replaced by sheriff’s deputies the following year. The city declined this offer and continued to pay for the SROs.