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Northland Pines School District Applies for COPS GrantSubmitted: 06/11/2013
Story By Lex Gray

Northland Pines School District Applies for COPS Grant
EAGLE RIVER - Sending our kids off to school used to be no big deal.

But Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Newtown made school seem scary.

Now, having a police officer stationed at schools is common. Northland Pines School District used to have a police liaison officer.

It got rid of the position because of budget cuts. But now, the district applied for a grant to get an officer back in the school.

"You look around at all the senseless acts going on in other school districts, and it can happen anywhere," said district administrator Dr. Mike Richie. "We really thought that we wanted to write the grant to see if we're awarded and get that position back. Once the sheriff's department brought this to us and got on board, it's kind of a no-brainer. We need to try to get the funding, and if we get the funding, it's going to have a nice impact on our school district."

District Administrator Mike Richie will find out whether he got the grant in September.

The grant would cover 75 percent of the cost of the position for three years.

The district covers the other 25 percent for three years, and all of it in the fourth year.

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