The Waukesha Police Department and Waukesha School District are expanding their partnership
The Waukesha Police Department and Waukesha School District are expanding their partnership.
The school board unanimously approved a five-year contract for a new school resource officer. The Finance and Facilities Committee approved the contract earlier in the week. The new SRO will work with Les Paul, Horning, Butler and Saratoga STEM middle schools. There has been a SRO in high schools since 2001-2002.
The new contract would cost $150,000 in 2016-17 and $215,000 for each additional year. In 2015-16, the cost for each SRO positions was $90,000.
Board member Patricia Madden explained under the new agreement with the police department, the three high school SROs will be joined by an additional SRO. The new SRO will provide dedicated service to the middle schools and have a defined service structure to the elementary school sites as a liaison.
Superintendent Todd Gray remarked that SROs are crucial to the community. Gray explained while important from a protection standpoint, SROs show students that police are real people.
School Board President Joe Como said SRO are very much a part of the community and build relationships with the students that they interact with.
He added: "They are a key part of our schools."