Two weeks after a contentious public meeting forced it to postpone a decision, the Westfield Board of Education voted tonight to reinstate a police officer to work full-time in the town schools.
The school resource officer, or SRO, is a specially trained, armed police officer who works exclusively in the schools, focusing mostly on the high school. The officer’s $100,000 salary will be divided equally between the school district and the town, officials said, and he will begin at the start of next school year.
The board voted, 7-2, in favor of the plan. Mitchell Slater and Ann Cary voted against in.
The district had an SRO for a decade, but canceled the program six years ago amid budget cuts, schools spokeswoman Lorre Korecky said. The position was reinstated in the 2013-14 budget, which was approved earlier this spring.