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.