Iowa City school board opts out of school resource officers in vote prompted by new state law

The Iowa City Community school board opted Tuesday night to decline putting school resource officers…or SROs…in the district’s schools. The move comes amid a new state law that requires districts over 8,000 students to address the matter.
The provision is part of the same state law that gives districts the authority to allow teachers to carry guns on school grounds. The Iowa City school board also opposed that move.
Putting SRO’s in Iowa City schools would cost the district an estimated $250,000. Earlier this year the school board voted to close Hills Elementary and move its students to Alexander Elementary due to the district’s recent financial woes. A final goodbye celebration is being planned for May 23rd at Hills Elementary starting at 5:30pm. More details can be found by searching “Hills Elementary Farewell Celebration” on Facebook.