Oklahoma City school district, city reach deal for police officer patrols at elementary schools

The Oklahoma City school district has scheduled a press conference for 1:30 p.m. Thursday to announce the details of an amended contract that will add eight police officers for elementary school duty.
by Tim Willert Modified: May 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm •  Published: May 28, 2014
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Oklahoma City Public Schools and the city of Oklahoma City have agreed on a deal to hire additional police officers for elementary school duty and share the cost, The Oklahoman has learned.

The school district has scheduled a news conference for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Greystone Upper Elementary School, 2401 NW 115 Terrace, to announce the details of the amended contract, officials said Wednesday.

City Manager Jim Couch said the city is “forming a partnership with the school district that’ll work well for both parties.”

Couch said the deal included provisions for hiring additional police officers and a cost-sharing arrangement between the city and schools.

The district currently pays the city up to $1.6 million annually for 16 police officers and two supervisors to provide security at each high school and middle school.

Under the amended contract, the district would pay the city an additional $300,000 for seven new officers. Those officers plus one of the existing 16 officers will rotate among the district’s 55 elementary schools, officials said.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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At a glance

$1.6 million

The annual cost to Oklahoma City Public Schools for 16 police officers and two supervisors to patrol the city’s high and middle schoools.

$300,000

The cost for the district to add seven new officers to its schools.

Eight

The number of officers who will patrol elementary schools in the district.

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