City Backs Off Cost For School Cop

By Sondra Murphy

During times of economic hardships, difficult debates occur over the toll funding losses take on human lives.  The Ojai City Council was faced with such a debate Tuesday as it considered a request from the Ojai Unified School District to help pay the cost for the school resource officer at Nordhoff High School. Due to state-level cutbacks, funding for the police position will be short about $31,000 for the remainder of the school year. City staff recommended that the city cover the remainder of the officer’s salary for this year, as well as authorize application for a federal grant to cover the expense for three more years. Currently, the city and OUSD pay for about 80 percent of the costs associated with a full-time deputy. The cost is about $162,000 each 9.8-month school year, with each entity paying $81,000. The city’s share of the expenditure comes from a state grant. “We have had a safe campus because we’ve had a police officer here for eight or nine years,” said NHS assistant

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