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A Flagler County mother has offered to donate more than $10,000 to pay for a depty at Old Kings Elementary School

12:21 AM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
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FLAGLER County, Fla. -- A Flagler County mother is not waiting for her child's school district to decide whether it will set money aside to have a police officer posted at the elementary school her daughter attends.

She is offering to pay for it herself.

School Superintendent Janet Valentine said she's thrilled and surprised to learn that a parent wants to chip in more than $11,000 to pay for a deputy to provide security during the day at Old Kings Elementary School.

The deputy would be paid overtime, $32 an hour, so the donation would pay for the officer to be there for two months.

Right now the superintendent says resource officers are only in secondary public schools in Flagler County.

"My reaction is it's a wonderful opportunity. Of course it always concerns you because you want to do this at every school. We are in the process of making a plan that's comprehensive that would involve every school, but in the meantime while that happens, I personally thought that would be too wonderful of an opportunity and no reason to say no." said Janet Valentine.

Flagler County School Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday at its 4:00 p.m. meeting whether or not to accept the donation.
We reached out to the mother who is offering to donate the money, but we haven't heard back from her yet.

What do you think about her offer? Would you chip in to help pay for a police officer at your child's school? Join in on the conversation on the First Coast News Facebook page.

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