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Mar 20, 2013 8:47 AM by AP

Livingston schools to add deputies, police

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board's Budget and Goals Committee has recommended approval of a plan that would provide four additional sheriff's deputies to patrol the district's schools.

The Advocate reports the new school resource officers would join three others currently patrolling schools in Denham Springs, Walker and Watson.

The Denham Springs and Walker officers are members of their respective police departments while the Watson officer is a sheriff's deputy.

The plan, proposed by Sheriff Jason Ard on Feb. 21, calls for the school board to cover half the expense of the five deputies at a total cost to the school district of about $200,000 per year.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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