Now more than ever, safety in schools is a top priority across the nation and right here in North Dakota.
That’s why Minot Public Schools has proposed to city council to double the current amount of School Resource Officers.
This would add two more, one at each middle school. There is currently one on each high school campus, who make time at the middle schools and occasionally respond to calls at elementary schools.
Superintendent for secondary education Kim Slotsve said time is limited between just two officers and not only would it make for a safer environment, but the positive impact goes beyond that.
“Working with the same person, a consistent person is so valuable,” Slotsve said.
“That person develops relationships with students and staff and parents and to me that is critical, it’s not a different officer rotating in every day who you might work with. I think that is a huge benefit of the SRO program, is developing relationships with students
The Police Department asks that these two positions be added to MPD staffing, rather than taken from the current staff.
Seventy-five percent of the annual salary and benefit costs would be assigned to Minot Public Schools and the remaining to MPD.
This will be discussed at the Committee of the Whole this week, and voted on at next Week’s City Council meeting.