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Hancock County Schools finalize resource officer addition, alternative school

The Hancock County School system is preparing for next school year with increased security and a new alternative school.

The Hancock County School system is preparing for next school year with increased security and a new alternative school.

The Hancock County School Board recently approved adding an eighth school resource officer, so all of the school buildings have a security presence.

The resource officers are pulled from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Weirton Police Department.

The Hancock Board of Education also finalized plans for an alternative school that will be shared with students in Brooke County.

"Right now, we're running our alternative learning centers in our schools,” said Hancock County School Superintendent Tim Woodward. “They may have a room or something like that, so we want to staff a complete school. So, the Millsop Primary School will be used for the Brooke-Hancock Alternative Learning Center."

The L.B. Millsop Primary School in Weirton would otherwise be left vacant after the consolidations in Brooke County.

Woodward said the board will start discussing hiring teachers for the school later this month.

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