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Lincoln City Council school safety plan

Lincoln City Council school safety plan

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School safety is a hot topic across the country and here in Nebraska. Members of the Lincoln City Council and Lincoln Public Schools have spent several weeks trying to come up with a plan and they now want your input.

During Monday's city council meeting members of the community including former teachers and parents showed up to express their concerns with the new plan. It's called the Interlocal Agreement.

It would add six police officers, also known as SRO's, plus one officer for threat assessment, one full time social worker and money to contract out help for mental health and behavior health services.

"The contents of the Interlocal Agreement mirror what was purposed by the mayor and the superintendent and the community partners" Council Member Leirion Gaylor Baird says.

People attending Monday night's city council meeting don't see eye–to–eye.

"I'm not in favor of adding more officers to the schools," says Mo Neal.

"It does what we wanted, which was add school resource officers, so from that prospective we're happy with it," says LPS parent Korey Reiman.

The current plan only puts the six school resource officers in middle schools. There are 12 middle schools here in Lincoln, so they'll have to rotate. There already in our high schools. Council members say the Interlocal Agreement is not all about the SRO's. 

"The threat assessment officer is really a central part of this whole program because the threat assessment is where we're really able to do some proactive protective services," says Baird.

LPS and the city of Lincoln will each give a little more than $1 million from their budgets to pay for this plan. Council members say your taxes won't go up. They also say next Monday they'll listen to more concerns and vote on this plan.

Korey Reiman has waited two months for their decision. "I'm ready for it to be voted on. There's been a lot of talk and i appreciate them listening to different voices, but it needs to be voted on."

You've probably have heard of the JPA plan, another one from Council Member Cyndi Lamm, those technically are still on the table, but the Interlocal Agreement could replace them.

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