Archive for Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Basehor-Linwood district likely to accept offer of school resource officer

The Basehor-Linwood school district's administrative offices, and the school board meeting room, are located at 2008 N. 155th St.

The Basehor-Linwood school district's administrative offices, and the school board meeting room, are located at 2008 N. 155th St.

May 10, 2011

Now that district parents have spoken, a Leavenworth County sheriff's officer is likely headed for Basehor-Linwood schools, as soon as this fall.

After superintendent David Howard reported at Monday night's school board meeting that parents who responded to an email survey were “overwhelmingly supportive” of a school resource officer for the district, school board members agreed for administrators to meet with Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner to work toward adding an officer for the 2011-2012 school year.

About 280 district parents responded to the district's survey asking opinions about a possible SRO, Howard said, and more than 90 percent replied that they would support the addition of an officer. The district sent out about 1,000 email surveys, though many parents likely received multiple surveys because they had children attending more than one school.

“Most of the comments were very, very positive,” Howard said.

In fact, most comments that weren't positive raised the issue of how much an SRO would cost the district, Howard said. The answer to that question, thanks to the sheriff's office, is little to none. Zoellner has offered to provide a sheriff's officer to serve as an SRO, something it already does for the Tonganoxie and Easton districts.

For more on this story, check the print and online editions of the Sentinel on Thursday.

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