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City of La Crosse endorses downsizing of SRO program this year

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La Crosse’s city council gave its blessing last week to a new one-year agreement to continue the school resource officer program with the school district. 

The council was required to take a vote because the contract has an effect on the city budget. 

La Crosse police chief Shawn Kudron says less money will be spent this year to have officers at La Crosse schools, under the new contract.

“Currently (the memorandum of understanding) is for 3 SRO’s,” as a cost of $150,000, says Kudron. “This is a reduction from our previous contract in relationship with the school district, which previously was for $100,000 more.”    

The school district’s plan is to reduce the police presence at schools from 3 this year to just 2 a year from now.          

Council member Mark Neumann said it was important for the city to back up its contract with the school district.     Neumann said he has been getting messages from city residents, wanting the SRO program to end.     

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.

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