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Committee on school policing in La Crosse still under discussion

Brad Williams

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The La Crosse school board is getting ready to form a committee on the future of school resource officers in the district. 

A contract with the La Crosse police to put officers in city schools expires a year from now. 

Board president Laurie Cooper Stoll said at a board workshop Monday night that she wants to be sure the public can comment on having police in school.      

A school board vote to form a study committee is expected in early July.  

Board member Juan Jimenez hopes that such a committee is given a specific goal.

“Having that set explicitly, reviewing the specifics of what it is we want to do, I would not want to go into this type of conversation and not have that set ahead of time,” said Jimenez.    

The school district has until next June to decide whether to continue the resource officer program, which costs $250,000 per year.          

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.