Superintendent John Nolan said the off-duty officers will patrol the school buildings at a cost of no more than $30,000, which will come from the district’s general fund. The village was offered $15,000 in state funding for a school resource officer, but Nolan said the village turned the money down because hiring a school resource officer would affect the village’s health care costs.
Hiring a school resource officer would cause 50 employees to be on the payroll, Nolan said. The number would require the village to offer different health benefits that could be more costly.
The agreement between the school district and the police department was approved by the Wellington school board Wednesday night, and the off-duty officers will work at the school during the day.
Nolan said a police presence was necessary at the school because of “the times that we live in.” He said an officer could deter crime as well as handle a variety of issues.