Dallas Officials Vote Against Adding 3 More School Officers

September 18, 2018

DALLAS TWP. — The Dallas School Board voted 6-2 Monday against a motion to add three additional police officers as school resource officers.

That doesn’t mean the district won’t add more officers to its four school campus. The district currently has an arrangement that allows one Dallas Twp. police officer to function as a school resource officer on the campus during regular school hours.

The school board is currently reviewing a proposed contract with Dallas Twp. regarding additional school officers and has some issues to work out regarding the proposed contract, board member Susan Allen said.

Board member Patrick Musto made the motion at Monday’s meeting to add three officers. He said the board has been reviewing the proposal for more than five months, adding it was time to approve the proposal.

“Are you willing to leave the safety of school children and employees in the hands of fate?” Musto asked.

“I am not going to go there,” Allen replied.

After the meeting, Allen said the board plans to add “at least one more” school officer. The district has applied for a state grant that would cover the cost of one more officer.

The district would pay Dallas Twp. $60,000 for each school officer, officials said. Board President Sherri Newell said she was “blind sided” by Musto’s motion, which wasn’t on Monday’s printed agenda.

Board member Catherine Wega voted for Musto’s motion. She said the vote “does not mean only two of us care about the kids.”

Officials noted Dallas Twp. deploys additional officers to the campus at the start of the school day and also at other times.

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