Stillwater News Press

April 5, 2014

Stillwater Board of Education to vote on SRO agreement with city

By Mark Rountree
Stillwater News Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Board of Education will hear discussion and vote Tuesday on an agreement with the city of Stillwater to employ police officers as school resource officers at the secondary school level.

As part of a sweeping $1.9 million budget reduction plan, the district elected to not renew a contract with the city for resource officers.

The decision was met with concern by many, including resource officer Karrie Bales, who spoke during public comments at last week’s special school board meeting at Stillwater High School. Bales said resource officers serve a valuable role at the schools.

In an email April 3 to parents, Superintendent Ann Caine wrote that after a meeting with city officials, an agreement had been negotiated to employ Stillwater officers at the schools.

“Stillwater Public Schools and the city of Stillwater have been listening to feedback from the community and have determined that the SRO program is very important to our community and students,” Caine wrote in the email. “Terry McCarty and I met with Dan Galloway and Norman McNickle. We have negotiated an agreement that is suitable for both the city of Stillwater and Stillwater Public Schools and plan to keep the SRO program intact. Please know that Stillwater Public Schools and the city of Stillwater value the input we received from the community, staff and students and will continue to work together to ensure that our students and staff have a safe learning environment.”

Details of the agreement are expected to be discussed and voted on at Tuesday’s meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 314 S. Lewis.

The board also is expected to:

• Receive an update from Will Rogers Elementary School

• Consider and vote to retract a redistricting plan for Richmond Elementary School.

 for the 2014-15 school year

• Appoint an interim principal at Stillwater Junior High School to replace Marshall Baker, who announced his resignation effective at the end of the school year.