At Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, the Board met in executive session and debated the goals of Student Resource Officers as defined in a memorandum from Acting Police Chief Patrick McMahon, and measured those goal against those of the Board of Education.
After consideration of McMahon's memorandum, the Board voted unanimously to temporarily removed the Student Resource Officers from Middletown Public Schools.
The Board debated the motion in executive session and then, according to BOE chairman Ted Raczka, adjourned the executive session and voted unanimously to remove the police officers from the school until such time as the Superintendent of Schools could set standards which the Police Department could agree upon for the role of the SRO in Middletown schools.
"A school is a place of learning," Raczka said. "Children make lots of mistakes. You work with them to make better citizens. Should we arrest them for every wrongdoing? It may work on Main Street, but it's not going to work in the schools. Especially when you go down to the sixth grade with resource officers."
"I think they should leave them (Student Resource Officers) in there," Mayor Sebastian Giuliano said. "There's a potential for more trouble happening without them there. Still, at the end of the day they are police officers and they don't stop being police officers when they go into the schools."
Acting Police Chief Patrick McMahon expressed confidence that he could work with the Superintendent of Schools to develop standards which could return officers to the schools.
"What's disappointing is that the Board of Education made a unilateral decision without seeking input from me," McMahon said.