(Atlantic) There was no decision on hiring a School Resource Officer to patrol the halls of the Atlantic High School. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein told the Atlantic School Board Monday night it would cost $78,000 to hire an SRO.
“With us not knowing about allowable growth at this point, I would tell you it would be a lot easier for the school district to take a look at funding if we were at four-percent allowable growth and opposed to zero-percent allowable growth.”
Atlantic High School Principal Heather McKay says there is a need for a School Resource Officer. “My gut tells me we need more help.”
McKay’s gut feeling is based on a survey presented to the exiting seniors. One of the questions on the survey asked them to grade the school on maintaining a drug free environment. McKay says students admitted they hadn’t witnessed drugs in the halls but there was always talk of it and more of a concern of some students coming to school inebriated in some form.
Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says it would take about one month to train an Officer for the role.
Dr. Amstein says the money would have to come out of the general fund. The difference between zero-percent allowable growth and four-percent allowable growth is about $300,000. The Iowa Legislature was supposed to let schools know by March 1st on the amount of allowable growth they are allocating. They are two months tardy.
The board did not act on the hiring of an SRO Monday night.
May 14, 2013