Livingston talks cost of beefing up school security
LIVINGSTON - In the current social and educational climate, keeping children safe at school is more difficult and expensive than it once was. Especially after the number of mass shootings -happening around the country-- is on the rise. That's why the Livingston Parish School Board and the Livingston Parish Sheriff are partnering to add more security detail to every school in the parish.
The members of the Budget and Goals Committee met Tuesday to discuss the plan with Sheriff Jason Ard. The proposal would add five deputies to the force, at a cost of $250,000 for each agency. Meaning the total cost would be $500,000.
School Board members agreed to add the item to the school board meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 21. They also would like to commit for a trial run, which means the plan would be presented to the entire board again at the end of the year.