TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The sheriff in Lee County and the Lee County School District superintendent hope good news is on the horizon.
Earlier this year, Sheriff Jim Johnson and Superintendent Jimmy Weeks asked the Lee County Board of Supervisors to pay half of the total cost to place six additional law enforcement officers in the school district’s schools.
The Lee County School District is ready to pay for the other half of the total cost.
The Board of Supervisors asked Three Rivers to submit a grant for their half of the cost. On September 30, the sheriff and school district learned the grant was not approved and no money was awarded to Lee County for the services.
On Friday, the two men went before the Board of Supervisors again to ask them to reconsider their half of the funding.
“The Lee County Board of Supervisors stated that it was the responsibility of the Lee County Schools to fund this project at 100 percent, but they would look into what possible funding they could provide,” stated Sheriff Johnson.
He says the board advised them they would get back with him and the superintendent later.
Johnson says the sheriff’s department currently has school resource officers at Plantersville, Nettleton and Mooreville schools.
He says the additional officers would serve Shannon Elementary, Shannon Primary, Saltillo Elementary, Saltillo Primary, Mooreville Elementary and Guntown Middle schools.
The remaining schools are currently being served by officers from various municipalities.