New Rochelle school board votes to keep SROs out of district

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The New Rochelle school district board voted on Tuesday evening not to have school resource officers in the district.

The New Rochelle Board of Education voted to keep school resource officers out of schools districtwide, following a recommendation from the Culture and Climate Committee.

Minister Mark McLean, NAACP branch president, says he supports the Board of Education for its decision to not have SROs, saying they would jeopardize the safe environment in school.

"It has a disproportionately negative impact of African American and Hispanic students," he says. 

Instead of school resource officers, the district will continue using security guards, and the school's buildings, grounds and classrooms will have the most up-to-date security features.

Police officers will still be present in schools though, but unrelated to security.

The board also approved an after-school mentorship program between city police and students in the middle school.

"The police officer acts as an advocate in terms of monitoring their school performance in class, so he not only builds a relationship with the students but also parents and teachers," says McLean.

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