The ad hoc committee on EROs, comprised of two board members and 10 community members, was formed over a year ago to explore best practices in the use of police to keep students safe in our four high schools and to provide a report of their study, including recommendations, to the full Board of Education. Their work has been attentive to the variety of perspectives and concerns that exist on this issue.

The committee is slated to provide its report and recommendations to the full Board of Education mid-August. We value greatly the work of the committee, and it is important to note that the committee's recommendations are advisory in nature. In other words, the Board of Education will not vote to accept or reject their report. They will use their recommendations to inform future decision making along with the recommendations from our internal MMSD/MPD work group, which includes Joe Balles, our head of safety and security.

Additionally, our contract with the City of Madison ends at the end of the 18-19 school year, which ensures that EROs will continue their work in our four high schools next school year and provides a full year for the City and MMSD to agree on any potential improvements to our partnership with police in support of school safety.

We realize that the public comment on this issue has been heated given the strong views on the subject and we will do all we can to ensure all voices can be shared respectfully. We also want to assure you that the safety of our students is our top priority and one we take very seriously. A positive working relationship with the Madison Police Department is essential to our success.