Armed Peoria police officers will be in four District 150 schools.
An intergovernmental agreement between the district and the city resumes a similar arrangement in place the second semester of last year.
One armed officer will be in place in each of District 150's three high schools as well as the Woodruff Career and Technical Center. The agreement actually calls for five officers. The fifth will be used to cover any absences.
"I understand the district's concerns that they have School Resource Officers on staff, but they are not sworn commissioned officers anymore," says Interim Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell. "I think the City has a responsibility, as well, to look out for the school district."
Even though some of D150's School Resource Officers are former police officers, they are are no longer allowed to carry weapons in the schools.
"The state of Illinois has to authorize police personnel to carry firearms and my understanding is District 150's security officers are no longer a law enforcement agency," Mitchell says. "Therefore, they are restricted from carrying firearms on school property."
Mitchell says this agreement resumes a similar arrangement in place the second semester of last year.
"The only difference from years past is we always responded to calls to assist District 150," Mitchell explains. "Now we'll be responsible for handling the problems directly, if they're crime related."
This is now a one-year agreement but could be extended 3 more years if the city gets a new COPS grant, which it has yet to apply for. Should the grant be approved, the hourly rate paid by the District will drop to $35.45.
The City Council will vote on the intergovernmental agreement Tuesday.
Jon Bateman offically became the newest member of the District 150 school board Monday. Bateman's appointment was unanimously approved on a vote of 5-0. Board member Chris Crawford was absent.
Upon his appointment and reading his oath of office, Bateman was welcomed by board president Debbie Wolfmeyer who said, "Welcome to the fray."
The board heard a lengthy presentation by teachers and principals explaining the Professional Development, or training, they received during the summer.
The board voted to revise it's policy concerning a Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace to include language banning the use of tobacco products, or any alternative tobacco product (such as e-cigarettes) or any cartridge or component of an alternative nicotine product.
Possession or use of medical marijuana is also prohibited in the workplace to bring the district's policy in line with state law. While Illinois allows use of medical marijuana, it's illegal to have the substance in a school.