The budget Litchfield Superintendent of Schools Christopher Leone will propose for 2020-21 will include funding for three school resource officers.
The officers would be stationed at Center School, Litchfield Intermediate School and Litchfield High School/Middle School. Job descriptions for the positions were approved by the Board of Education on Thursday.
Leone has yet to reveal the cost of the jobs, although they aren’t expected to result in an increase in the current education budget of $19. 4 million as Leone is pledging to maintain or possibly decrease the current level of spending. His proposed budget will be unveiled by the end of the month.
School resource officers at Center School and the intermediate school would be a new feature. The high school/middle school has had an SRO in the past. The officers, Leone told the board, would be responsible for security and for building relationships with students.
The officers would be unarmed, according to Leone.
“We need to have our SROs build relationships within the schools before we could even think about arming them,” Leone said. “These are people who will be an extra point of contact for people and an extra source of safety. Before we worry about hiring armed guards, let’s hire people who can be a resource for our schools.”