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CPS superintendent set to give safety and security update to Board of Education | #schoolsaftey


Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Brian Yearwood is expected to deliver a presentation on safety and security during Monday night’s Columbia Board of Education meeting.

The presentation outlines a number of safety updates including three that revolve around teaching students safety measures.

These include driver’s education, safe storage public information announcement and a Columbia fire educator.

The Board is also expected to hear, and vote on, the district’s school resource officer agreement with the Columbia Police Department.

According to the agenda, if approved, four officers will be contracted for hire. Two officers will be at Battle, one at Rock Bridge and one will be placed at Hickman High School.

The City would hire officers, though CPS would be involved in the interview and school placement process.

In this agreement, CPS will be paying 75% for the four officers, which will not exceed $317,000. 

According to Columbia Public Schools, the primary responsibilities of a school resource officer are: 

  • Maintaining the overall safety of the building;
  • Provide mentoring and support for students and staff;
  • Deescalate situations  

The most recent SRO agreement began in January 2022 and ended June 30.

The officers’ hours would be from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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