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Stricter Background Checks For BCSD Volunteers

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. -

Officials say after recently discovering that a volunteer had a criminal record the district will adopt a stricter way of screening who comes in contact with our kids.

"What we've discovered is that the system we've been using has a few holes in it, and we are going back and looking at the entire process to make sure we are doing the best we can do," said spokesperson, Jim Foster.

Foster says it was time for them to get serious and give thorough background checks to all those interacting in our schools.

"What is a volunteer exactly?if a person comes in once a year to proctor a test and is in the room with a certified teacher, that person may not be someone we have to spend money to vet, to look into, but if someone is a field trip chaperone or a student mentor, yes we would look into that person."

For parent and volunteer Denise Gouldie, she's behind it 100%.

"Pour money into it, its our kids. Its worth every single penny, dime, dollar, that you have to spend.Even if the volunteer or teacher have to pay for it themselves, isn't it worth our kids safety?"

And she's willing to put her money where her mouth is, offering to pay for her screenings herself if necessary.

"In a heartbeat, between myself, my husband, and my parents, who are also volunteers, all four of us, we all said we'd put in the $25, $30, whatever it takes."

Officials say they're not sure just how much this will cost, or how often the screenings will be done but hope to pick a firm within the next month.

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