For Immediate Release: September 20, 2016

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson, (608) 663-1903


Members of the Madison School Board released the following statement today about Educational resource officers in Madison’s high schools.


“This week, the school board will vote on a new three-year contract to continue the service of EROs in schools. We appreciate the extension to the current contract and the opportunity to negotiate in good faith.


“As a school board and as a school district, we are committed to ensuring that our schools are safe and thriving environments. We want to continue the valuable service EROs provide our schools, while working in partnership with the city to ensure that our approach will have the most positive outcome for students.


“We have listened to the city’s concerns about budget and hiring. That’s why we’re proposing a three-year contract, with a meaningful termination clause responsive to the city’s budget and hiring timeline. This compromise would give the city ample time to plan for budget and recruitment, just like it would give the district enough time for similar planning if any changes were to occur.


“Most important, we believe this contract provides us the ability to ensure that the work of our EROs fully aligns with our approach to positive behavior and restorative practice in school.


“We encourage the Mayor and Common Council to approve this contract, and move forward in partnership with us.”


Materials for Wednesday’s meeting are available online.