Benton Harbor school board to consider police security

Back-to-school is on the brain, but one district is still deciding on significant changes. Due to budget cuts, Benton Harbor must cut back from 12 to 3 security officers through an outside company they used last year.

Deputy Director of Police Services, Dan McGinnis, will propose an alternate idea at Tuesday's school board meeting. The plan would save $136,000 a year by bringing on 7 city police officers instead.

Superintendent Leonard Seawood is apparantly backing the idea claiming the new proposal would help build relationships between officers and students, especially in the wake of violence.

At the beginning of August, two teenagers were shot in broad daylight at a Benton Harbor park. According to reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, Seawood said, "the last thing we want to do is put our students in jeopardy, knowing that this is happening all around us."

Other school board members disagree with the proposal claiming it would shine a negative light on community schools.

The board will meet Tuesday evening to discuss the new proposal. Students return to school on September 3.


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