The Warren County R-III school district board of education in Missouri approved hiring three new school resource officers for elementary schools.
The Warren County R-III Board of Education approved agreements with the cities of Truesdale and Warrenton to add three School Resource officers in the district.
Under the agreements, which were approved last week, the city of Truesdale and the Warren County R-III district will each pay 50 percent of the cost. The city of Warrenton will pay one-third of the cost and the district will pay two-thirds of the cost for the officers through the City of Warrenton.
“They’re both doing what they can,” Warren County R-III Superintendent Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith said.
“Of course, we wish the City of Warrenton was the same as Truesdale and come in at 50-50. But we understand their budget constraints as well. And so it will cost the district a little bit extra to have that but I think it’s a critical piece we need to fund that.”
The School Resource Officer for Rebecca Boone Elementary would be provided by the City of Truesdale. The School Resource Officers at Warrenton High School, Black Hawk Middle School, Daniel Boone Elementary and Warrior Ridge Elementary will be provided by the City of Warrenton.
“I think having someone in the building and shortening that response time, making sure that our kids are safe is of the utmost importance,” Warren County R-III board member Carolyn Spraggs said. “So I appreciate that. And I appreciate both cities being so willing to help us out.”
Board president Franci Schwartz noted the City of Warrenton will be doubling the number of School Resource Officers in the Warren County R-III District from two to four. The city and the district split the cost 50-50 when they had two School Resource Officers in the district.
“We’ve had lots of discussions about safety and we’re all concerned about that very much,” Schwartz said. “So, I think this is a good move in the right direction, gives us more coverage and should make parents and staff feel safer.”
The City of Warrenton already approved the agreement with the district. The City of Truesdale still needs to vote on the agreement.