Frustration at the district’s plan to reduce the number of School Resource Officers, rather than end the program completely, was expressed at Monday’s school board meeting.
An overwhelming majority of speakers at an event Monday spoke in favor of removing police from La Crosse schools.
Speakers at a forum on the School Resource Officer program asked whether other professionals could take over much of the work now performed by police.
“I feel that to make kids of color safe, they have to go.”
Superintendent Aaron Engel could make a recommendation on whether the district should end its contract with police by November.
LIT’s Laura Abellera on removing cops from schools and why she has “radical hope” in a different future for La Crosse.
The school board voted in favor of forming a committee as the first step in a process of evaluating the contract with police.
The board will vote on starting the process of investigating the $250k contract with police.
Keonte R. Turner: Our experience with cops was not the same as those of little white boys and girls. It is still not the same.
The La Crosse School Board is expected to vote July 6 on forming a committee to look into ending the district’s contract with police.