The Gazette reports that Billings Public Schools will add an armed school resource officer next school year, in addition to other safety upgrades. Superintendent Terry Bouck announced changes at the School District 2 trustees meeting Monday.

The district has seven officers assigned to high schools and middle schools. SD2 pays for the officer’s car, weapons and electronics as an up-front cost and salary and benefits as continuing costs. School security has been the focus since 17 people were killed in a Parkland, Florida high school shooting in February.

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