The Maize Board of Education at its next regularly scheduled monthly meeting June 8 will consider a memorandum of understanding with the city of Maize that would allow for district-funded city-employed police officers to provide safety and security services to Maize Schools.
During the May 11 board meeting, Superintendent Doug Powers explained to board members that the district would contract with the city for two full-time officers, one at each high school. During the summer, those officers would revert back to service as directed by the city. Maize Schools would have use of the city's community policing officer, who would be available to all schools, including elementary schools.
There also would be a memorandum of understanding with the city of Wichita allowing Maize police to have jurisdiction on the south campus, as is now the case. Board members would consider the one-year agreement for renewal annually on July 1. A 30-day severability clause would be added to the document the board considered.
The city of Maize's police department has applied for a grant to fund two additional school resource officers at no additional cost to the city or district. Wichita USD 259 has a similar arrangement. After-hours law enforcement presence at school sports and activities would be arranged through the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office using off-duty officers as happens now.
The change is a cost-saving measure that would dissolve the Maize Schools police department to save about $80,000 a year.
Safety will continue to be a top priority for Maize Schools, especially regarding its students. If approved, the city of Maize's police department would offer the same quality services to the students, employees and schools of Maize USD 266. Board members agreed to review the plan and to consider it at their June 8 meeting.
Powers said the district should not notice any difference in police support with the change, which would dissolve the USD 266 police department consisting of three officers and one police chief. View the memorandum via the district's BoardDocs portal by clicking here.