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January 14, 2013

New officers to be placed at city schools

NEW CASTLE — New Castle City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday to hire eight part-time police officers.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m.

Six of the officers will be stationed at schools in the New Castle Area School District. They are being hired as a security measure in response to the shooting deaths of students and adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December.

The city’s cost will be $129,792 in salaries plus approximately $3,000 for each officer to cover Social Security, workers’ compensation, liability insurance and uniforms.

Part-time officers are paid $13 per hour with no benefits.

The school district will pay the city $20,000 for each officer for the year.

When the officers aren’t needed at the schools during the summer, they will be available for regular patrols throughout the city.

Business administrator Stephanie Dean said the additional manpower during the summer should allow the city to cut its overtime costs.

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