Savoy speaks up on Champaign schools' resource officer program
The Champaign Unit 4 School District is expected to vote Monday night on whether to renew the contract for the school resource officer program with the city's police department, and one lesser-known contributor to the program is supportive of it continuing.
Earlier, at least two Unit 4 school board members expressed some concerns about the SRO program, which places Champaign police officers in the middle and high schools. Those concerns led to talk of possibly replacing the officers with security guards. The Unit 4 school board held a meeting three weeks ago to discuss the issue and the existing contract for SROs, which expires Monday.
Meanwhile, Savoy Village Manager Dick Helton said the village sends its students to Champaign middle and high schools, and the village contributes $18,000 per year to the SRO program. Helton said the village board feels the program is very effective.
Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand is recommending that the school resource officer contract be renewed. If that's the case, the deal would run through June 30, 2015, and the cost of the program would be nearly $292,000.
The Champaign Unit 4 School Board meets Monday at 6 p.m at the Mellon Administrative Center on South New Street.