You can expect more talk about how much security at Wake County school board meetings is costing taxpayers.
The Raleigh Police Department plans to provide the school system with an itemized breakdown of how much it cost for them to respond to the protests at the July 20 school board meeting. It could be a hefty amount considering how many police officers responded last week.
It's strictly for informational purposes as the school system won't be asked to pick up the bill. What the school system is paying for is the estimated $2,197 bill for off-duty Raleigh police officers and private security who worked last week.
Michael Evans, a Wake schools' spokesman, said they're estimating that they're paying $1,207 for the off-duty Raleigh police officers who staffed the July 20 meeting. There's also an estimated $990 cost for paying for the private security officers provided by Allied Barton Security.
With protesters warning about the possibility of more acts of civil disobedience at future board meetings, Evans said you can expect a large security presence for the foreseeable future.
There's been a lot of recriminations since the conservative Wake Community Network issued a press release last week showing that the school system had paid $14,719.39 for security at board meetings between December and April.
Since then, Evans said Wake paid $960 for off-duty Raleigh police officers and $511.49 for private security at the May 4 school board meeting. Wake paid the same amount for the May 18 meeting.
With the crowds apparently dying down, no off-duty police officers were at the June board meetings. Evans said they had paid $857.66 for private security at the June 1 meeting and $243.46 for private security on June 15.
GSIW has blamed the security costs on the school board majority's conduct.