WPSB, WPSO reach deal for school officers – Louisiana News

WPSB, WPSO reach deal for school officers – Louisiana News

A contract for a school resource officer between the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Webster Parish School Board has finally been approved.

In a special meeting Monday, the Webster Parish School Board approved the contract for SROs at Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School, Central Elementary and North Webster Lower Elementary, and Doyline and Sarepta if needed. The contract is for $25 per hour, where deputies will submit timesheets to the school board for the number of hours worked, excluding holidays and when school is not in session.

Chief Deputy Bobby Igo Jr. said he was glad the contract has been approved.

“We’re happy the contract has been approved,” he said following the decision Monday night. “It’s something that is needed, and we are glad to be moving forward with it.”

The contract will begin for the 2017-18 school year.

The issue came up last year when Igo approached the school board about a contract for schools that are not covered by municipal departments, such as Minden and Springhill.

He said the concern has been not having someone available to answer calls for assistance if a big fight breaks out or another issue arises where an additional law enforcement officer is needed.

In January, the subject was broached again, and even though they came closer to an agreement, the board wanted to make sure it met requirements. The contract with WPSO is the same as those with Minden and Springhill. Minden provides two SROs, one at Minden High School and one at Webster Junior High School, and Springhill has one.

Each SRO must be Peace Officer Standard Training…

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