Schools are cutting SROs as budgets tighten

Others are finding ways to keep the deputies and police officers whose job it is to build bridges with students


By Allison Manning
The Columbus Dispatch

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — After voters rejected two requests for property tax levies, Big Walnut schools in Delaware County cut $5.6 million from its budget and eliminated 42 staff positions over two years.

But Deputy Mark Kern, the district's school resource officer, was safe despite his $44,000 price tag.

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