Wednesday night, the Waukesha School Board unanimously approved a four-year contract for school resource officers, agreeing to pay more for what they call a valuable program.
The increase in cost is worth the money, according to the district.
“What started out as an efficient way to respond to calls at the high school has become an important part of our schools,” School Board Member Joseph Como said.
"They've embraced the programs we have in the schools," Como added. "They've become friends with the students and administration and they're trusted by the students. They’re really incorporated into the schools."
All three principals affirmed their support of the program, Como said.
The program costs about $300,000 to run, according to a memo from Police Chief Russell Jack. Under the newly-approved contract, the district’s portion of the cost increases from 20 percent to 30 percent.
Before the new contract, the district’s portion was $60,000. For the next two school years, the district will pay $75,000 each year. For the last two years of the contract, the district will pay $90,000 annually.
The schools are appreciative of the program and that the city pays for the majority of it, Como said.
The district has had officers in the schools since 2001.