Although I know I have to make decisions regarding officers in schools as a board member, my thoughts on the issue are not as simple as a yes or no.
I had positive experiences with school resource officers (SRO) when I attended West High School in the early 2000s, as our neighborhood officer (South Madison) was the SRO. However, that was not the case for my brothers, and many other students, especially black and brown students. When a crime happens and an investigation needs to take place, I want police officers to be able to do their job. At the same time, if there is trouble managing a classroom, I do not want the police called on to be used to manage student behavior. Crimes are different from behavior issues. This doesn’t take away from the fact that students, teachers, and staff need to be safe from violence in our schools.
Therefore to give a yes or no answer to a complex issue is purely political. We are supposed to be having a conversation about safety, which isn't only about physical safety.
Last, I do not see evidence that there has been a serious examination of better staffing for counselors and social workers. There probably has been, and if so I think the Board would benefit from having a more transparent discussion of the decision making.
I want to make decisions that will be the best for all our students and teachers. My vote will reflect what the students, teachers, community members and administrators come up with together. This requires considering all of the possibilities.