Often problematic transfer site will have large security force this school year
BATON ROUGE - School leaders here hope to combat any problems at an often problematic bus stop before they begin by posting numerous security officers there as school starts Thursday.
Parents have complained about issues at the transfer site, at Choctaw and North Sherwood Forest, for years. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has added security to the site in previous years when there have been issues.
This year, a spokesperson said school will start on Thursday with four to six sheriff's deputies on duty at the transfer site in the morning and eight to twelve in the afternoon. The deputies are hired on extra duty to work the location.
In addition to the law enforcement officers, the district will supply monitors from the transportation and security departments of the school system. For the afternoon ride, administrators from each middle and high school will be watching the crowd of students move between buses.
A district spokesperson said the security team will be in place for the entire school year.
In previous stories, the school system said about 3,000 students move through the transfer site each day.
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