Lynnwood High fighting to keep its school resource officer

Officials in the Edmonds School District are trying to find ways to retain the Lynnwood High school resource officer. The program is included in a list of budget cutbacks, but the Enterprise reports school leaders are moving money around to avoid losing Deputy Rebecca Lewis.

Budget adjustments could include Lewis teaching a law and justice class, which would represent 21 percent of her salary, or $17,000. This would be the first time a police officer would serve in a teaching role in the district.

Removing the parking lot security position, as security cameras will be installed, would save $25,000. Staff also recommends converting some certificated support funds from the building budget to cover the remaining costs. These funds are typically spent on items such as library support and additional counseling.

The Enterprise says the Edmonds School Board has shown support for the plan.

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