With the task of creating a budget looming, Wilmore city leaders haven't decided if they can support financially a school resource officer program in Jessamine County middle and high schools, Mayor Harold Rainwater said Monday.
"You're throwing us a curve this late in the (fiscal) year," he told Superintendent Lu Young, Nicholasville Mayor Russ Meyer and Maj. John Branscum of the Nicholasville Police Department after they requested a potential $50,000 from the city council.
"I'm not sure how we're going to respond to it, but I strongly support it (the SRO program)."
East and West Jessamine High Schools will be staffed with full-time police officers in August, and East and West Jessamine Middle schools should have officers by January.
None of the participating schools are located in Wilmore, but Young said 21 percent of Jessamine students have Wilmore mailing addresses. The $50,000 proposed is approximately 20 percent of the program's first-year budget of $258,800.