The La Crosse School Board is ready to start studying the future of the district’s program having local police assigned to schools.
Monday night, the board formed the “Fund 80” committee to help decide whether to continue the School Resource Officer program, started in 1993, beyond the next school year.
Board president Laurie Cooper Stoll said the district has already gotten dozens of comments from the public.
New La Crosse superintendent Aaron Engel cites research showing that many minority students are uncomfortable with having officers in school buildings.
“There are some students whose personal experiences with law enforcement have led to negative encounters,” Engel said. “And, when they see a uniformed officer in the building, it brings back some of those feelings and experiences, and it jeopardizes their ability to focus and learn in the classroom.”