Security costs have dropped sharply since the Wake County school board decided to go with only one regular action meeting a month.
In September, Wake only paid $330 for off-duty police officers and $736.51 for private security to work at school board meetings. In contrast, the August bill was $1,395 for off-duty cops and $1,081.21 for private security.
The big difference is that Wake is only hiring off-duty police officers for one meeting a month. The other monthly meeting, redesignated from an action meeting to a work session, is now held in the board conference room without as many layers of extra security.