In the wake of the Uvalde school murders, officials in an Eastern Kentucky county have approved spending $480,000 to boost safety at local schools.
The Morgan County Fiscal Court approved the payment to the county school system last Friday, according to Judge-Executive John Will Stacy. Fiscal courts in Kentucky don’t typically provide money for school police.
The rural county of about 13,000 has a high school and a middle school on one campus and four elementary schools at separate campuses, Kentucky.com reports.
The school system has had only one officer each at the high and middle schools, and none at the elementary schools.
State lawmakers approved a measure this year, House Bill 63, requiring school districts to have at least one resource officer in place for each campus beginning in August.