Madison SRO contract passes finance committee, now on to full council

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Madison SRO contract passes finance committee, now on to full council

A contract between the Madison Metropolitan School District and the city that puts police officers in schools has cleared another hurdle, but some groups still want the board to reconsider.

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Madison SRO contract passes finance committee, now on to full council

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A contract between the madison school district and the city that puts police officers in schools has cleared another hurdle tonight.

But some groups still want the board to reconsider.

Amy reid joins us now to show us why.

The contract allows sros to remain in schools for three more years-- it just has one more step before it can be adopted.

But while that keeps moving forward, some want the contract to go a few steps back.

Nats: voting with only one vote in opposition, the finance committee agreed to pass the contract between the city and madison schools on to the next round.

Though some still spoke in opposition.

36:53 the kids that we should be most concerned with are the kids that are already being alienated by our system.

Whatever the reasons for that is 37:04 if we put sros in schools i really think we are just debilitating our chances to do anything about it :14 the committee agreed this was the school district's decision, and since the board passed the contract two weeks ago, the majority felt the choice was already made.

Mayor satya rhodes-conway said she supports the contract since it gives the district the choice to remove an sro if they see fit.

Nats: board meeting but even weeks later people are urging the board to decide otherwise and keep cops out of schools.

Three former alders want the board to do a new vote completely, arguing the board president, gloria reyes, shouldn't have participated since she works for the city, which is a vendor in the contract.

According to the board's ethical code of conduct, no board member whose non district employment is compensated by a district vendor shall participate in the purchasing process.

They have submitted a formal ethics complaint, but both reyes and the district have not responded.

44:01 i wanted to get a better understanding, is gloria reyes an employee of the city of madison :05 the ethics concern came up during the finance committee hearing, but the board ultimately decided the responsibility with addressing it laid with the school board and the district.

44:30 she's in a totally different department that has nothing to do with it, so it's not an ethics issue on our end it's an issue for the school board :37 the school didn't get back to us on whether the board could vote again on this.

For now the contract will move on to the common council, which is it's final step before it can be implemented for the upcoming

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