Poudre School District's Community Advisory Council (CAC) is assisting the district with reviewing the School Resource Officer (SRO) program to help determine if the program will continue in PSD schools.
In spring of 2020, members of PSD communities expressed concerns about the presence of school resource officers in PSD schools. Concerns included but weren’t limited to the existence of a school-to-prison pipeline and the lifelong impact it has on some students in our schools, particularly students of color. The PSD Board of Education directed the school district to conduct a comprehensive review of the issue to determine whether to continue the SRO program.
The CAC, made up of community and PSD representatives, is an important part of the district's comprehensive review, which includes community engagement, data analysis and recommendations to the Board of Education.
PSD staff will incorporate feedback from the council and make recommendations regarding the continuation of the SRO program in PSD schools to the board in spring 2021. The board will vote next spring on whether to continue the SRO program and renew contracts with the three law enforcement agencies – Fort Collins Police Services, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Town of Timnath police, whose SROs are contracted to work in PSD schools.
The CAC is comprised of two groups:
- The Community Engagement Team
- Poudre School District/School Resource Officer Evaluation Team.
Community Engagement Team
- Develop a foundational understanding of the school-to-prison pipeline
- Review and analyze discipline data from PSD to establish an understanding of the district’s current situation
- Review and analyze law enforcement data from each contracted law enforcement entity to establish an understanding of the district’s current situation
- Identify and evaluate the current state of each data set for indicators of the school-to-prison to pipeline
- Identify ways for community members to be engaged in this work so that all voices are represented including those that are impacted the most
- Provide input on the language and implementation of surveys that will be available for students, parents, PSD staff and SROs for the purpose of understanding each stakeholders’ experience
- Review and analyze surveys from students, parents, PSD staff and SROs to determine common themes and suggested program improvements
Meetings: Due to the sensitive nature of the work, Community Engagement Team meetings are not open to the public. Notes will be taken at each meeting and posted. Identifiable information will be redacted from the notes.
*Community Engagement Team members
- Eric Kearns
- Erin Wilson
- Zoe Harmon
- John McKay, director of Language, Culture, and Equity
- Ruben Chacon, director of Student Services
- Craig Woodall, Rocky Mountain High School principal
- Alicia Bono, Cache La Poudre Middle School principal
- Steve Apodaca, Putnam Elementary principal
- Courtenay Daum
- Rev. Sean Neil-Barron
- Susan Lorimor
- Rahshida Perez
- Charles Yung
Other community representatives:
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color: Johanna Ulloa
- School Justice PSD: Rena Trujillo and Isael Herrera-Santos
- Judicial System Representative: Juan Villasenor
*PSD received over 100 applications for CET membership, which made for a difficult application and decision-making process. All identifiable information was removed when reviewing applications to ensure that the content of applicants’ responses was the main consideration.
Poudre School District/School Resource Officer Evaluation Team
Task: Provide feedback about the SRO program and review the operation of the program, without the disclosure of confidential information, and discuss any potential changes to the program.
SRO Evaluation Team members:
- Scott Nielsen, assistant superintendent of Secondary Schools
- Matt Bryant, executive director of Operations
- Jerry Schiager, Fort Collins Police Services
- Mike Loberg, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
- Two community members at-large - TBD