ST. JOHN | The Lake Central School Board approved an agreement that will place a St. John police officer in the school district.
Approval came unanimously Monday after financial concerns about employing the school resource officer were aired.
“I’d like to know what happens if (one town) doesn’t pay (its share),” School Board member Janice Malchow said.
Grant money will pay the first 18 months of expenses, Superintendent Lawrence Veracco said.
According to the agreement, the towns of St. John, Schererville and Dyer will then pay for the officer’s salary.
“I think they’ll honor the agreement,” he said.
All three towns already have approved the agreement. According to its language, if one town declines to pay the other communities are not required to continue to participate, Veracco said.
Although the school resource officer will work in the Lake Central school district, he or she will be a St. John police officer.
“I think it’s the most important part (of the agreement) that the school resource officer will be based at the high school,” Veracco said. “I’d like to thank all the towns” for their support of the interlocal agreement.