Plainwell schools decide against police officer

Daniel Pepper, Interim Editor

Plainwell school board members have decided not to pursue a grant opportunity to bring a full-time police officer back to the schools.

Board members discussed the idea at their meeting Monday, June 16, and heard input from the district’s administrators.

“I think the money could be spent better other places,” high school principal Jeremy Wright said.

The grant idea was part of a proposal that was brought to the schools by Gun Plain Township supervisor Mike VanDenBerg and Plainwell city manager Erik Wilson. The city would have applied for a federal COPS grant which would have paid for 48 percent of the total costs of employing a Plainwell Department of Public Safety officer who’d work at the school when it was in session and be a regular city officer the rest of the time. The school cut its resource officer position in 2009.

For full story, pick up a copy of the June 23 issue of The Union Enterprise or subscribe to the e-edition.

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