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BROOKS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

It's a budget call that no school system wants to make. But for Brooks County School Board members they've voted to put their School Resource Officer program on the chopping block.

"It's purely a question on whether were getting the most bang for what we're paying," said board member Brad Shealy.

They're cutting the only two resource officers in the county - one at Brooks High School and the other at Brooks Middle.

Right now the system pays $50,000 for the two officers, and the Sheriff's Office pays another $50,000. Shealy says the security budget will stay at $50,000 for the next school year, but they're looking at other options to get the most for their money. "We feel that maybe $50,000 for just the two officers may not be cost effective for us."

Amanda Jordan has two children in Brooks County schools and she worries for their safety.

"Without the officers there, our children and the staff at the schools, are put at jeopardy," said Jordan.

Shealy says they're hopeful they can work out a lesser agreement with the Sheriff's Office, or they may take another route for security.

"If we can work out a way to lessen the pay and work out a thing with the Sheriff's Department and or the city, to where we can still have a resource officer in a different manner where it may cost less and still have the presence out there at the campus, there may be a way to do it," said Shealy.

Jordan hopes they can come to an agreement before school starts in the fall. "Why would we want to take away a resource that is protecting our children?"

Shealy says that meeting with the Sheriff's Office will happen soon.

Jordan says she'll stand outside to guard her children's schools herself if there are no SRO officers next school year.

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