The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education unanimously approved Tuesday night a $1.88 million contract with the Winston-Salem Police Department to provide school-resource officers at 16 high and middle schools for the 2019-20 school year.

The agreement would cover the salaries, benefits, patrol cars and other costs for 16 officers and five supervisors, according to the contract. The contract term runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Under the agreement, the WSPD will no longer provide officers to serve in Philo-Hill Magnet Academy, Parkland High School, Glenn High School and Main Street Academy. In March, Police Chief Catrina Thompson said that the police department would phase out the use of its officers in the school system.

The school system is proposing contracts for school-resource officers during 2019-20 with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Kernersville Police Department, said Kenneth Simington, the district’s interim superintendent.

The sheriff’s office would provide deputies to serve in the four schools that the police department will no longer provide officers for, Simington said.

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