Metro approves SRO plan

By Josh Sigler

MSD of Wabash County approved the recommendation to add School Resource Officers at its schools for the 2019-20 school year at its board meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 26.

The agreement calls for the placement one SRO at the district’s north schools, Northfield Junior-Senior High School, Sharp Creek Elementary and Metro North Elementary, and one at the district’s south schools, Southwood Junior-Senior High School, Southwood Elementary and White’s Junior-Senior High School, during the school day for the 180-day school year period.

MSD and Wabash County will share the costs of the SRO program based on that 180-day calendar. Officers will also spend roughly 80 days on road patrol during the summer months.

“Law Enforcement Officers/School Resource Officers are critical for the safety of the students and staff in the schools,” Superintendent Mike Keaffaber and Sheriff Ryan Baker said in a joint press release.  “The officers assigned to our schools will be a proactive measure which builds positive relationships and interactions. We want to thank the Wabash County Council and the MSDWC School Board for approving the recommendation.”

The positions will be hired. Applications are being accepted by Baker until April 1. A committee made up of personnel from MSD and Wabash County will interview candidates for the positions.

Also at Tuesday’s MSD meeting, parent Tosha Swanson nominated Metro North Elementary teacher Kami Ross for the staff spotlight.

Swanson lauded Ross’ compassion towards her child.

“She is an exceptional teacher who not only loves teaching but loves the kindergartners like they are her own,” Ross said. “My daughter became sick (puking) as the students were leaving to get on the bus, and it was a very hot day. She cared enough, and showed empathy to my sick child, that she kept my child at the school with her until I could make it to the school to pick her up, instead of allowing her to get on the hot bus. I will always admire her for this, and appreciate what she did.”

Posted on 2019 Mar 05