Police presence increased at Butler Tech’s outdoor campus

Students who attend the Butler Tech Natural Science Center campus will see more of their school resource officer this year.

Monroe City Council approved an agreement with Butler Tech to double the hours that a school resource officer is at the school, which is located on 72 acres of a former fruit farm just off of Ohio Route 63, in the western portion of Monroe.

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Butler Tech contacted police Chief Bob Buchanan about increasing the hours from three to six each week for the school resource officer, according to City Manager Bill Brock. The police chief negotiated the agreement that will cost $10,000 for the additional hours this year.

The contract also includes an annual increase that mirrors the current collective bargaining agreement for Monroe police officers, according to Brock.

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The Butler Tech Natural Science Center campus, which is adjacent to Monroe Schools’ campus for grades two through 12, offers a farm and ranch environment where teens have opportunities to work in a real-world setting.

In addition to equine and veterinary science programs, the school also offers training in industrial equipment and natural resources through landscape design and construction courses. All programs, which use classrooms built into the farm’s large, original barn, have students spending a majority of their instructional time in an outdoor setting.

Earlier this year, Monroe City Council approved a resolution that added a second school resource officer in the city school district.

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The agreement between the city and Monroe Local Schools will renew and adjust annually. Under the agreement, the city will pay half of the officer’s annual salary and benefits, and Monroe Local Schools will pay the remaining half of the salary and benefits.

Discussions between the city and the school district took several months and the proposal looked at various options to enhance school security in the wake of several school shooting incidents around the country.

This article contain previous reporting by staff writer Michael D. Clark.

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