District 150 Secures Deal with Peoria Police Officers, Bateman Sworn In

Published 08/11 2014 10:38PM

Updated 08/11 2014 10:41PM

PEORIA - Peoria Public Schools and the city's police department have reached a deal that will keep police officers in the district's high schools.
Monday, the school board agrees to a multi-year deal with the city of Peoria. Peoria police will assign five officers to detail the district's four high schools.
Four officers will serve in the schools daily and the other cop will be an alternate.
District 150 will pay the city $47.01 per hour for the officers during regular school hours. However, there may be a way to drop the cost. The city is applying for a grant that would provide additional funding and lower the price for the district by nearly $12 per hour.
Regardless of the grant, interim Peoria Police chief Jerry Mitchell says the department is committed.
"We would still supply the four officers that we committed to, but for the department to make this work, we need a fifth officer assigned just for scheduling purposes," said Mitchell.
If the city receives the grant, the contract between the school district and the city lasts for four years.
Without the grant, the contract expires at the end of this school year.
Also, District 150 officially fills the district's vacant board seat Monday night.
Board members approved the appointment of Jon Bateman. He swore in before a packed crowd inside the district administration building. Bateman is a Richwoods High parent who was unanimously chosen by the board last month. He begins his term immediately, and will serve until the next election in June 2015.

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