Perry Co. will use coal severance funding to pay for school officers

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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Schools in Perry County will use coal severance funding to pay for school resource officers, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The Sheriff says several months ago he asked County Judge Executive Scott Alexander to help pay for officers in schools whom the Perry Board of Education weren’t funding.

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According to the Sheriff, State Representative Chris Fugate and Senator Brandon Smith also helped.

Together, they secured $150,000 for school resource officer funding.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office says it will receive reimbursement for three officers and some equipment.

The city of Hazard will also receive some of the funds.

The Sheriff’s Office offered thanks to coal miners who

Perry County received $150,000 dollars for the school resource funding. Perry County Sheriffs Office will receive reimbursement for three resource officers and the purchase of equipment. The city of Hazard will receive part of these funds to help with their officers in schools as well.

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