BENTON HARBOR Security in schools was a top priority for those in Benton Harbor Monday night. The Board of Education approved security services in schools with a 4-2 vote.
Instead of 12 security officers, there will now be seven unarmed, deputized, reserve officers patrolling Benton Harbor School hallways.
The change helps reduce the amount of operating costs, and forms a closer relationship with security services.
"We're talking about building relationships,” says the superintendent of Benton Harbor Schools Dr. Leonard Seawood. “We're talking about long term here. So, we addressed the issues and concerns of our community in this. So, I feel very good and I think the community is going to respond that way as well."
With the change, the school will be saving about $136,000 in operating costs.