SRO Discussion With School Delayed

Posted on 17 December 2012 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—Even though representatives from the Boone School District backed away from plans to discuss the future status of the School Resource Officer position, the Boone City Council did not hesitate to express it’s position.  Last week, the Boone School Board discussed the possibility of discontinuing their participation in the program, even though the Board and administration have been very pleased with the program and in particular the working relationship with Boone Police Officer Dave Powers.  However, the District faces reductions in general fund expenditures of $400,000 to $450,000 next year.  Last year a similar amount was cut in expenditures.  Superintendent Brad Manard said last week that staffing over the past five years has been reduced by nearly 30 full time staff positions. Council members said they felt the School Board should do whatever they can to retain the position for the safety of students, even if it means eliminating teaching positions.  The issue of eliminating the SRO position took on much more concern after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut.  Eliminating the position is one of several choices the Boone School Board will have to consider over the next several weeks.

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