School Resource Officer Program

Current Status and Resource Information - January 2018

Prior to the launch of the pilot School Resource Officer (SRO) program at our middle schools, District 64 has been working to develop Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) with the Village of Niles for Emerson Middle School and the City of Park Ridge for Lincoln Middle School that define and provide parameters for the SRO program. The IGAs are drafted to reflect the District's goal of creating an SRO program focused primariy on education and resource activities.

At the January 22, 2018 Board of Education meeting, the Board agreed to make public the drafts IGAs along with a report prepared by outside counsel providing additional legal perspectives. In addition, the Board requested that other materials providing a range of background information also be provided to the community.

Special Meeting February 20, 2018
The Board has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Jefferson School, 8200 Greendale, Niles, to focus on the SRO topic and provide an opportunity for public comment. Please see the Board of Education meetings webpage for the agenda and for any updates on time/location. 

Resource Materials and Current Drafts
The materials below offer a range of information and perspectives about SRO programs, and are among the resources District 64 referenced in developing its draft IGAs:

SRO Pilot Approved for 2017-18 School Year - August 2017

The Board of Education at the August 28, 2017 meeting approved a one-year pilot to introduce the SRO presence to both Emerson and Lincoln. The SROs are another means to help strengthen family/community partnerships that are essential to supporting District 64’s comprehensive social emotional learning curriculum for all students addressed as part of the 2020 Vision Strategic Plan.

Read more here about the SRO pilot program and the introduction of new curricular materials to support social emotional learning, called Second Step.

Superintendent Laurie Heinz, school principals, and local law enforcement presented an overview of the upcoming SRO pilot program at the September 2017 PTO meetings. View their presentation below.