E.C. School Board expects state resource officer money shortly

2013-05-29T17:39:00Z E.C. School Board expects state resource officer money shortlyPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 29, 2013 5:39 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | Superintendent Michael Harding said the district expects to receive money for school safety from the state some time after July 1.

"The state of Indiana has allocated $50,000 per school district for establishment of a school resource officer," Harding said. "I think it was reflective of some of the current events in the nation with respect to violence in schools and things like that."

Harding said the money from the state won't impact the School City of East Chicago a great deal because it already has resource officers, but he said smaller districts now will have the capability of employing an officer for security.

"For us, we already have a pretty good presence," Harding said.

He said the money the district receives could go toward either hiring an additional resource officer or for additional training.

In other district news, board member Stephanie Ramos, D-at large, urged adopting a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, in part so families can plan summer vacations.

"They're not knowing when they need to come back, when school's gonna start," Ramos said.

Harding said the district is close to adopting a calendar and the plan is to review a recommendation at Thursday's School Board meeting.

He said not only teachers, but employee groups such as custodians, food service personnel and transportation providers are consulted about adopting a calendar.

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